Gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact

Phone: (02) 9382 1752

Location:  Outpatients department, level 0, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

About our service

The Gastroenterology department provides a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient service to children and adolescents with gastrointestinal, nutritional, and liver problems.

We provide services for:

  • General gastroenterology
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Neurogastroenterology and Motility disorders Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders (EGID) including Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
  • Oesophageal Atresia-Tracheoesophageal Fistula (OA-TOF)
  • Liver disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Non-CF pancreatic disease
  • Intestinal failure
  • Aerodigestive disorders
  • Disorders of Gut Brain Interaction (DGBI)
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Parenteral nutrition
  • Motility procedures (Oesophageal / Anorectal manometry and pH- impedance monitoring)

Our team consists of a wide variety of medical, nursing, allied health (dietitian, speech pathologist, psychologist, social worker) and administrative staff. 

We are the state wide referral centre for NSW paediatric motility procedures. We see patient’s state wide and provide expert care and management for children with complex motility disorders.

Referral process for clinicians

Our department is using Consultmed to manage referrals. The Consultmed platform allows health professionals to send e-referrals to us securely.   

Tertiary referral service, to Paediatricians and specialists only. Referrals from GPs will only be accepted in exceptional cases.

Consultmed questions and technical support: helpdesk@consultmed.co

Referral and appointment process for parents and carers

Request a referral

To make an appointment at our clinic, you will need a referral from your GP, paediatrician or specialist. 

They will assess your child, discuss your concerns, and make a referral to the appropriate service.  

Please ensure your referral includes patient's:

  • first name and surname
  • date of birth
  • address and contact details
  • medical history, the reason for referral and length of referral (indefinite).

Referrals will only be accepted up until your child’s 16th birthday. 

Track your referral

Our department uses Consultmed to manage referrals. Your referring clinician sends the e-referral to us using the secure Consultmed platform.  

Once we receive the referral, we will send you an email with your tracking information. We will update you as we process the referral and book your appointment. 

To receive these updates, please ask your referring clinician to include your email on the referral.  

If your clinician has questions about Consultmed or require technical support, they can contact helpdesk@consultmed.co.  

Need support?

If you need help or have questions about the referral and appointment process, please contact us.  

  • Enquiries: (02) 9382 1752
  • Appointments: (02) 9382 1483 or (02) 9382 0033 
  • Gastroenterology  clinic, Neurogastroenterology and motility clinic: (02) 9382 1470
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic: (02) 9382 9999
  • Oesophageal Atresia-Tracheosophageal Fistula (OA-TOF) Clinic: (02) 9382 1632

Clinic information

Gastroenterology clinic 

A number of clinics are held in the hospital’s Outpatients department for gastroenterology, liver and hepatology, nutrition, irritable babies and constipation. 

Schedule:

  • A/Prof Keith Ooi: alternate Tuesday mornings 
  • A/Prof Usha Krishnan: alternate Thursday mornings
  • A/Prof Avi Lemberg: alternate Thursday mornings
  • Dr Nitin Gupta: alternate Monday mornings / Afternoons

Location: Outpatients Department, Level 0, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

Inflammatory Bowel Disease clinic

Team:

  • Dr Nitin Gupta and A/Prof Avi Lemberg
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant – Rachel Messenger 

Clinic days: Wednesday afternoon

OA-TOF clinic

Clinic days: Alternate Monday afternoons

See Oesophageal Atresia/Tracheoesophageal Fistula (OA/TOF) for more information. 

Cystic Fibrosis clinic (Gastroenterology)

Clinic days: Once a month on Wednesday morning

 

Neurogastroenterology and motility clinic 

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

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

Our services include: 

  • 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 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 bowel movement.

Procedures: as per staff availability and waitlist 

Location: Medical Day Unit, C1North

Total Parental Nutrition (TPN) service

The Total Parental Nutrition (TPN) service for rural and tertiary hospitals within NSW provides care to intestinal failure patients.

We evaluate, support and treat patients with a team of paediatric gastroenterologists, dietitians, 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
  • Short bowel syndrome: a condition of nutritional malabsorption 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.

Location: Outpatients Department, Level 0, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

Outreach clinics

A/Prof Usha Krishnan has gastroenterology clinic with St George Hospital on alternate Wednesdays. She also does endoscopy at St George Hospital once a month.

Patients must be referred to the clinic by a specialist. 

To make an appointment at St George Hospital, please call (02) 9113 2319. 

Transition clinic

We hold transition clinics for the below services on a demand basis (roughly 2-3 times per year).

  • Inflammatory bowel disease clinic
  • Oesophageal Atresia-Tracheoesophageal fistula  Clinic
  • Home Parenteral Nutrition service

To book into these clinics please discuss with the clinical Nurse Consultants Rachel Messenger or Samantha Kelly. 

Our team

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A/Prof Usha Krishnan

Biography
A/Prof Usha Krishnan is the Head of Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology at Randwick. She is also the Director of Motility and Oesophageal Atresia (OA) services. She is a conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW. She is a member of the ROME V committee looking at Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction. She has a special interest in neurogastroenterology, motility, nutrition, gut microbiome, aerodigestive and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders.
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A/Professor (Keith) Chee Y. Ooi

Biography
A/Professor (Keith) Chee Y. Ooi is a Clinical Academic at the Discipline of Paediatrics. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine, UNSW and Specialist Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Australia. Clinically, he sees children with all aspects of gastrointestinal, pancreatic and nutritional conditions.
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Doctors:

  • A/Prof Usha Krishnan: Head of Department and Director of Motility and Oesophageal Atresia Service
  • A/Prof Daniel (Avi) Lemberg: Director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service
  • A/Prof Chee (Keith) Ooi: Director, Cystic Fibrosis (CF)-Gastroenterology and Pancreas Care Service 
    Co-Director of Parenteral Nutrition Service
  • Dr Nitin Gupta: Director Endoscopy Service and Co-Director of Parenteral Nutrition Service

Nurses:

  • Ms Samantha Kelly: Clinical Nurse Consultant for Home Parenteral Nutrition, Motility and Oesophageal Atresia Service
  • Ms Rachel Messenger: Clinical Nurse Consultant for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service

Our research

Our research aims to improve health outcomes of infants and children with gastrointestinal problems.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) handbook

We've put together some information about the condition to help answer some common questions from parents and carers.

Last updated Monday 20th May 2024

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