Gastroenterology, OA-TOF and liver services at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact details

Enquiries

  • (02) 9382 1752

Appointments

  • (02) 9382 1483 or (02) 9382 0033 
  • Fax: (02) 9382 1461 

Clinic location

  • Outpatients Department - Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Gastroenterology Department provides a comprehensive service to children and adolescents with gastrointestinal and liver problems.

It's home to Australia's only paediatric multidisciplinary facility Oesophageal atresia and/or Tracheo-oesophageal fistula clinic (OA-TOF). Established in 2011, the work of its clinicians has led to numerous advances in the management and outcomes for children with OA-TOF. 

The Gastroenterology Department works in collaboration with:

Tracheo-oesophageal fistula clinic (OA-TOF)

Children with OA-TOF have multiple needs that vary from age-to-age and person-to-person. In addition to managing the medical needs of the child, the OA-TOF clinic provides support, guidance and monitoring for nutrition and growth, education, and psychological well-being.

The OA-TOF clinic includes gastroenterologists, respiratory physicians, surgeons, ear nose and throat surgeons, nurses, dieticians, speech pathologists, social workers, and psychology staff. 

Clinic information

  • Where: Outpatients Department, Level 0, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
  • When: Monday alternating fortnights starting at 2pm

Referrals and appointments

To make an appointment, you will need a letter of referral from a Paediatrician or general practitioner addressed to all members of the Team (Krishnan, Belessis, Wanaguru, Soma).

If you already have a referral and would like to make an appointment, you can either:

  • Fax your referral to (02) 9382 1461 or
  • Phone: (02) 9382 1632

Please ensure the referral has the following requirements:

  • Patient's first name and surname
  • Patient's Date of Birth
  • Patient's Address and contact details
  • Medical history, the reason for referral and length of referral (indefinite)
  • Please ensure the referral has the following requirements:
  • Patient's first name and surname
  • Patient's Date of Birth
  • Patient's Address and contact details
  • Medical history and the reason for referral

Resources

Gastroenterology clinic 

A number of clinics are held in the Hospital’s Outpatients Department for children in the areas of gastroenterology, liver and hepatology, nutrition, irritable babies and constipation. 

Clinic information

Location

  • Outpatients Department, Sydney Children's Hospital, High St, Randwick 2031

Schedule

  • Tuesdays: Dr Keith Oois
  • Thursdays: Dr Usha Krishnan and Dr Avi Lemberg as alternating clinicians
  • Fridays: Dr Nitin Gupta

Referrals and appointments

To make an appointment, you will need a letter of referral from a Paediatrician or Gastroenterologist.

If you have a referral and would like to make an appointment, you can either:

  • Fax your referral to (02) 9382 1461 or
  • Phone: (02) 9382 1470

Please ensure the referral has the following requirements:

  • Patient's first name and surname
  • Patient's Date of Birth
  • Patient's Address and contact details
  • Medical history, the reason for referral and length of referral (indefinite)
  • Please ensure the referral has the following requirements:
  • Patient's first name and surname
  • Patient's Date of Birth
  • Patient's Address and contact details
  • Medical history and the reason for referral

Neurogastroenterology and motility Clinic 

The neurogastroenterology and motility service provides quality care, research, education and training to support children and families with complex GI disorders.

Our department provides investigations, clinics and treatment advice for these disorders.

We provide the following services:

  • 24-hour Oesophageal pH-monitoring: a probe is inserted and connected to a small monitor to record acid reflux from the stomach into the oesophagus.
  • 24-hour Oesophageal pH and multiple intraluminal impedance monitoring (pH-MII, or known as Impedance monitoring): a probe is inserted and connected to a small monitor to record acid reflux that can also detect movement of fluid, air and acid from the stomach into the oesophagus.
  • Oesophageal Manometry: a probe is inserted to look at the movement and pressures of the oesophagus and stomach in order to understand the function of the muscles and nerves.
  • Anorectal Manometry: a probe is inserted to look at the movement and pressures of the anus and rectum, to understand the function of the muscles and nerves involved in defecation.
  • Electrogastrogram: a non-invasive test looking at gastric emptying.

Clinic information

  • Where: Outpatients Department, Level 0, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
  • When: Procedures are Thursday fortnightly and Clinics are every 3 months

Referrals and appointments

To make an appointment, you will need a letter of referral from a Paediatrician or Gastroenterologist.

If you have a referral and would like to make an appointment, you can either:

  • Fax your referral to (02) 9382 1461 or
  • Phone: (02) 9382 1470

Please ensure the referral has the following requirements:

  • Patient's first name and surname
  • Patient's Date of Birth
  • Patient's Address and contact details
  • Medical history, the reason for referral and length of referral (indefinite)
  • Please ensure the referral has the following requirements:
  • Patient's first name and surname
  • Patient's Date of Birth
  • Patient's Address and contact details
  • Medical history and the reason for referral

Total Parental Nutrition (TPN) service

This collaborative service for rural and tertiary hospitals within NSW provides care to intestinal failure patients.

We work in a multidisciplinary framework to provide patients with an opportunity to be evaluated, supported and treated by an innovative team of paediatric gastroenterologists, dieticians, pharmacists, a clinical nurse consultant, social worker and psychologists who specialise in gastrointestinal diseases and parenteral nutrition therapy.

Complex nutrition conditions that we treat:

  • Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction: a rare disorder of abnormalities in the normal involuntary coordinated muscular contractions (peristalsis) of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Intestinal failure: this can occur when a person’s intestines can’t digest food and absorb the fluids, electrolytes and nutrients required for normal growth. It can be caused by many different diseases.
  • Short bowel syndrome: a condition of nutritional malabsorption related to disease or the surgical removal of a large portion of the small intestine.

The service provides:

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Multi-disciplinary meetings for intestinal failure patients
  • Inpatient Nutrition Support and Intestinal Failure service supporting both acute and chronic intestinal failure in hospital

Clinic information

  • Where: Outpatients Department Level 0 of Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

Referrals and appointments

To make an appointment, you will need a letter of referral from a General Practitioner or Paediatrician.

If you have a referral and would like to make an appointment, you can either:

  • Fax your referral to (02) 9382 1461 or
  • Phone: (02) 9382 1470

Please ensure the referral has the following requirements:

  • Patient's first name and surname
  • Patient's Date of Birth
  • Patient's Address and contact details
  • Medical history, the reason for referral and length of referral (indefinite)
  • Appointment Enquiries Phone: (02) 9382 1470

Meet our team

Gastroenterology consultants

  • Prof Daniel Lemberg – Paediatric Gastroenterologist
  • Dr Usha Krishan - Paediatric Gastroenterologist
  • Dr Nitin Gupta – Paediatric Gastroenterologist
  • A/Prof Keith Ooi - Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Intestinal failure team

  • Prof Daniel Lemberg – Paediatric Gastroenterologist
  • Dr Usha Krishan - Paediatric Gastroenterologist
  • Dr Nitin Gupta – Paediatric Gastroenterologist
  • A/Prof Keith Ooi - Paediatric Gastroenterologist
  • Kate Dehlsen – Paediatric Dietician
  • Stephanie Davies – Paediatric Pharmacist
  • Helen Owen – Social Worker
  • Clare Spears – Clinical Psychologist
  • Samantha Kelly / Michael Purcell – Clinical Nurse Consultant

Neurogastroenterology specialists

  • Dr Usha Krishnan – Paediatric Gastroenterologist
  • Samantha Kelly / Michael Purcell – Clinical Nurse Consultant

OA-TOF team

  • Dr Usha Krishnan: Dr Krishnan Paediatric Gastroenterologists and Director (OA-TOF) Clinic
  • Dr Yvonne Belessis: Dr Yvonne Belessis is a Senior Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
  • Dr Marlene Soma: Paediatric Otolaryngologist
  • David Mowat - Paediatric Clinical Geneticist
  • Dr Bruce Currie Paediatric Surgeon and Head of Surgical Department
  • Dr Dylan Wanaguru Paediatric Surgeon and Staff Specialist
  • Dr Ashish Jiwane Paediatric Surgeon and Staff Specialist
  • Dr Susan Adams Senior Staff Specialist General Paediatric Surgeon
  • Dr Camile Wu Staff Specialist General Paediatric Surgeon
  • Dr Guy Henry Paediatric Surgeon
  • Dr Carolyn Russell Paediatric surgeon
  • Dr Anthony Dilley Paediatric surgeon
  • Dr Vincent Varjavandi Paediatric surgeon
  • Jessica Menzies – Dietician
  • Jennifer Hughes – Speech Pathologist
  • Holly Murphy – Social Work
  • Samantha Kelly / Michael Purcell - Clinical Nurse Consultant

Outreach services 

The Hospital’s gastroenterology team hold clinics at Canberra Hospital and St George Hospital. Patients must be referred to the clinic by a specialist. 

  • To make an appointment at Canberra Hospital, please call (02) 6174 7550. Fax Number: (02) 6244 4535.
  • To make an appointment at St George Hospital, please call (02) 9113 2319.