Our gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary unit offers highly specialised services including gastroenterology, colorectal, hepatobiliary and general surgery.
Our team comprises specialist doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. We have a resident doctor appointed to this unit who can liaise with your specialist to make sure you get optimal care. In addition, many of our surgeons have consulting suites on site.
Stomal specialist care
Our Stomal Therapy Department provides a specialised service to those patients at our Fitzroy, East Melbourne and Kew campuses, who require a stoma or who may require ongoing care with their stoma.
A stoma is a surgically created opening, either permanent or temporary, through which body waste exits the body and is collected in disposable appliances/pouches specially designed for this purpose.
A Stomal Therapy Nurse (STN), is an experienced registered nurse who has undertaken further study in an accredited Stomal Therapy course.
We care for patients with many conditions such as colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis who have colostomies, ileostomies or urostomies. We also see patients with complex fistulas and draining wounds and tubes.
In the spirit of Person Centred Care, our focus is to provide counselling and support, education and clinical expertise in the care of our patients and their families, as they deal with challenging and confronting issues. Recovering from complex surgery which changes body image and self-confidence requires understanding, patience and ongoing support long after discharge from our hospital. We ensure that each patient and their families have received:
- Preadmission counselling, education and stoma siting. We will make an appointment to meet with you prior to your admission to discuss the details of the surgery you are about to undergo. This appointment usually takes around an hour and we encourage you to bring family members or a support person with you. It is important that any questions you may have are answered and any concerns are addressed as early as possible. At this time we will often mark the site where the surgeon will form the stoma, or make another time to do this prior to surgery.
- You will receive inpatient counselling and education from Day 1 postoperatively until discharge, so that you are either independent in stoma care or referred on to a home nursing service or specialist rehabilitation hospital as appropriate, through our Continuum of Care Department.
- We will organise appropriate supplies and membership to a government funded ostomy association.
- We will ensure after discharge follow up in our Outpatient clinic at approximately 1 week and 3 weeks post discharge, and then ongoing as needed.
- We also prepare patients for stoma reversal with postoperative counselling in continence management if needed.
If you have any queries or concerns please contact our Stomal Therapist:
Phone: 03 9411 7522
Fax: 9411 7649
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We offer specialist health care services covering many areas of health.
At St Vincent's Private, we provide person centred care to every patient.