Capital & Coast DHB Gastroenterology & GI Endoscopy Services
What is Gastroenterology?
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.
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 4.30 PM
Your GP will refer you to our Department if they are concerned that you have problems that require a specialist opinion regarding the diagnosis or treatment of the condition.
Clinics are held at:
Wellington Hospital - Level F, Clinical Services Block, Riddiford Street - follow the orange line from the Atrium and take the Purple Lifts up to the Department
Kenepuru Hospital - Kenepuru Outpatients
Procedures / Treatments / Common Conditions
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
PEG (Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) feeding allows patients to receive food directly into their stomach via a semi-permanent plastic tube placed through the abdominal wall. It is used in patients who cannot swallow due to underlying disease such as having had a stroke or cancer of the throat. More
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General Enquiries (Wellington Hospital): (04) 385 5999
Patient Enquiries: (04) 385 5947 or (04) 385 5949
Facsimile: (04) 385 5856
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Wellington Regional Hospital
Ph: (04) 918 6694
Clinical Services Building
Clinical Services Building
Private Bag 7902
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This page was last updated at 1:02PM on September 14, 2016. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Gastroenterology & GI Endoscopy Services.