Nathan Atkinson - Gastroenterologist
Dr Nathan Atkinson is an experienced gastroenterologist and endoscopist. He joined North Shore Hospital and Shakespeare Gastroenterology in 2018 from Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.
Dr Atkinson grew up on the North Shore and brings a wealth of knowledge in IBD care and gut related conditions. He is a skilled endoscopist and combines his expertise with his caring and empathetic nature.
Nathan joins Shakespeare Gastroenterology to work with colleagues Dr Dominic Ray-Chaudhuri and Zoe Raos. Nathan provides private consultations for patients at Shakespeare Gastroenterology and carries out endoscopic procedures, including gastroscopy and colonoscopy, at Shore Surgery - both are located at 181 Shakespeare Rd, across the road from North Shore Hospital.
“ Having a procedure is always a little bit stressful for me, but made so much easier under Dr Atkinson’s positive, cheerful, empathetic care ” 6 Nov 2018
Tummy complaints can be a broad and varied area. The abdomen contains a number of “systems” and organs so to speak, so often it is a process to narrow down what is causing the complaint.
Typical conditions we manage:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Coeliac Disease
- Peptic Ulcers
- Chronic Diarrhoea
- Oesophagus Dysfunction
- Gut motility and dietary changes including the FODMAP diet.
Why see a Gastroenterologist?
Patients are often referred for generalised pain, pain eating or swallowing, problems with defecation (pooing) or unusual bowel habits, diarrhoea or constipation. The issue can be as equally broad with a specific diagnosable condition like coeliac disease or colitis or the more generalised Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Diagnosis and treatments often involve blood or stool (faeces/poo) tests, dietary changes or tests such as gastroscopy (a camera through the mouth) or colonoscopy (a camera through the bottom). Whilst these might sound daunting and invasive the procedure is relatively quick and non invasive and often done without anaesthetics.
Specific warning signs that you should see your GP about are blood in your stool, or significant changes to bowel habits. The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is designed to help pick up patients who might have early warning signs of a problem.
Most likely your GP will refer you to Dr Atkinson if they are concerned that you have problems that require a specialist opinion regarding the diagnosis or treatment of the condition.
You are welcome to make your own appointment, but we will liaise with your GP. We accept direct referrals for specialist opinions or endoscopy. To book, either email or call 09 489 2384.
Before coming to your appointment, you may be asked to undergo tests such as blood tests, urine tests or stool/faeces tests (LabTests will help you to collect a sample of your urine or poo in a simple and clean fashion).
A history of your symptoms will be taken as well as a review of any medications you are on (please bring these with you). You will be examined, which may involve a rectal examination depending on your complaints. This involves the insertion of the doctor’s finger or a tube into your bottom to examine the inside. Our nurse will be present to help you feel comfortable if you find it awkward.
You may be referred on for radiology tests, depending on your condition; for example an ultrasound scan, a CT scan or MRI scan.
Procedures / Treatments
This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your oesophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) and examine the lining directly. … More
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP)
A flexible tube with a tiny video camera attached (endoscope) is inserted through the mouth into the stomach and small intestine while you are under sedation (you have been given medication to make you drowsy).… More
This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your large bowel and examine the surfaces directly and take biopsies (samples of tissue) if needed. Treatment of conditions can also be undertaken.… More
The best way to establish what type of liver disease is present and the extent of the disease, is a biopsy.… More
This is inflammation of the liver, commonly caused by viruses. Hepatitis B and C are viruses that can cause chronic (long term) inflammation and damage to the liver.… More
Cirrhosis is the term used to describe a diseased liver that has been badly scarred, usually due to many years of injury.… More
Peptic ulcers are sores or eroded areas that form in the lining of the digestive tract.… More
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
There are two types of IBD, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In these conditions, the immune system attacks the lining of the colon causing inflammation and ulceration, bleeding and diarrhoea. In ulcerative colitis this only involves the large intestine, whereas in Crohn’s disease areas within the entire intestine can be… More
Nathan is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider and works with other NZ medical insurance companies. Assistance can be provided in claim form completion. For any questions about charges please call us 09 489 2384 to discuss.
North Shore Hospital is on many major bus routes and our rooms are directly opposite the hospital at 181 Shakespeare Rd. Alternatively Smales Farm bus station is a short 2-3min walk. Please be advised that if you come for an Endoscopic procedure it is not advised to take public transport afterwards and it is a requirement to a have a support person to take you home, as you may be drowsy.
Free off street parking is provided for patients. Please pull in off the main road and look for bays marked for patient parking.
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This page was last updated at 8:36PM on July 1, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Nathan Atkinson - Gastroenterologist.