Direct Endoscopy Guidelines

At GastroNorth, we offer Direct Access Endoscopy for patients if they meet the criteria.

Prior to admission, all patients will be seen by the gastroenterologist performing the procedure, as well as the anaesthetist. They will discuss informed consent for the procedure, potential therapy and recovery.

We are committed to patient safety. We will assess all patients over the age of 80 years, as well as all patients on Warfarin or Clopidergrel (or any other blood thinning medications, with the exception of Aspirin) at a consultation time prior to the procedure. We will also assess those on diabetic medications.

Contraindications to Direct Access Endoscopy include –

Patients with a BMI over 40

Patients with significant immobility

Patients younger than 16 years old attending without a parent

Those with severe cardiac or respiratory disease

Important Notice


We want to assure you that we are staying up to date with the COVID-19 situation. 
We are now offering phone consultations, and in some cases, Telehealth consultations for both new and existing patients.

We are working together with the private hospitals to ensure the utmost safety and protection for our patients during endoscopy procedures.

If you are concerned about whether you have symptoms similar to coronavirus, or may have been exposed to coronavirus, and have a consultation or procedure booked with us, please contact our rooms on 03 9468 9700. We will discuss the best course of action with you. 
Thank you.