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The Rutherford Clinic

Private Service, Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Liver), General Surgery




The Rutherford Clinic provides gastroenterology and endoscopy services to patients in the Wellington region and wider community, from our new state-of-the-art, high quality and purpose-built facility. 

We aim to provide prompt access to endoscopy services and/or specialist assessment and efficient, high quality gastrointestinal services with the best possible outcomes.

Services include:
  • bowel screening for bowel cancer detection
  • colonoscopy
  • gastroscopy
  • flexi-sigmoidoscopy
  • capsule endoscopy
  • outpatient clinics for adults and paediatrics 

Our team of specialists work in both public and private hospitals,and have expert knowledge and clinical experience in gastroenterology and surgical fields.


What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that looks at diseases of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small and large intestines (bowel), liver, gallbladder and pancreas. 
The oesophagus is the tube that joins your mouth with your stomach. It is a muscular tube that contracts to push the food through when you swallow.
The stomach is where food is broken down by acid and emptied into your intestines. The stomach has special cells lining its wall to protect it from these acids.
The intestines consist of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum – different sections of small intestine) and the large intestine (colon).  As food passes through the small intestine, nutrients are broken down and absorbed.  When it passes into the colon, water is absorbed.  The waste that is left is passed as faeces (poo).
The liver is roughly the size of a football and is on your right side just under your ribs. It stores vitamins, sugar and iron which are used by cells in the body for energy.
It also clears the body of waste products and drugs, produces substances that are used to help blood clot and aid the immune system, and produces bile which aids in digestion.
The pancreas is an elongated organ that lies in the back of the mid-abdomen. It is responsible for producing digestive juices and certain hormones, including insulin, the main hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar.



Referral Expectations

For Referrers
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For Patients:
Your GP will refer you to us if they are concerned that you have problems that require a specialist opinion regarding the diagnosis or treatment of the condition.

Before coming to our clinic, you may be asked to undergo tests such as blood tests, urine tests or stool/faeces tests (you collect a sample for analysis).

During your appointment 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 then be examined which may involve, depending on your complaints, a rectal examination. This involves the insertion of the doctor’s finger or a tube into your bottom to examine the inside.


The Rutherford Clinic is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society for selected services.


Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Rutherford Clinic is currently closed to patients. Referrals are still welcome.  We will triage them but advise that we will only be offering appointments to the most urgent of cases.  All other referrals will be processed , and patients contacted to assure them we will be scheduling appointments as soon as the clinic is open .  Telephone consults may be an option but this will be at the discretion of the triaging Gastroenterologist / Surgeon.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Colonoscopy

    Colonoscopy is the examination of your colon (large bowel) using a colonoscope (long, flexible tube with a camera on the end).… More

  • Gastroscopy

    Gastroscopy allows examination of the upper part of your digestive tract i.e.… More

  • Flexi Sigmoidoscopy

    A long, narrow tube with a tiny camera attached (sigmoidoscope) is inserted into your anus and moved through your lower large intestine (bowel).… More

  • Colorectal Cancer

    This is cancer that begins in your colon or rectum.… More

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

    There are two types of IBD, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.… More

  • Haemorrhoids

    Haemorrhoids are a condition where the veins under the lining of the anus are congested and enlarged.… More

  • Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)

    GORD is caused by the backflow (reflux) of food and stomach acid into the oesophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) from the stomach.… More

  • Gallstones

    Sometimes, some of the watery fluid (bile) stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-like material known as gallstones.… More

  • Specialist Consultations

    Your GP will refer you us if they are concerned that you have problems that require a specialist opinion regarding the diagnosis or treatment of the condition.… More

  • Bowel Screening

    Regular bowel screening can help find bowel cancer at an early stage, before it spreads.… More

  • Bravo pH Study

    The Bravo™ pH Monitoring System is used to measure gastroesophageal pH and monitor gastric reflux.… More

  • Capsule Endoscopy (Pillcam)

    A non-invasive way to view the gastrointestinal tract by the patient swallowing a small capsule with a video attached. More

  • Helicobacter Pylori Testing

    Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that is frequently found in the stomach is a major cause of stomach ulcers.  If this is found you will be given a course of antibiotics. More

  • Infusions


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Nine dedicated free patient carparking spaces are provided.


Pharmacy is located on the ground floor

Contact Details

Level 1, Verve Building
2 Connolly Street
Lower Hutt
Wellington 5010

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Level 1, Verve Building
2 Connolly Street
Lower Hutt
Wellington 5010

This page was last updated at 10:56AM on July 27, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by The Rutherford Clinic.