Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Nurse-Led Clinic


Tennyson Centre

Ph: (08) 8292 2370
520 South Road, Kurralta Park, SA 5037

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Providing rapid and affordable assessment and colorectal cancer screening

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program provides all patients between the ages of 50 and 75 a faecal occult blood test. However, if a positive result comes back it can cause great anxiety as 1 in 20 patients might have a cancer, and up to 50% might have a pre-cancerous growth or polyp. Similarly, patients with a family history of colorectal cancer can also be anxious about their own risk The Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Clinic is a service run at the Tennyson Centre Rooms of SA Group of Specialists. It aims to provide:

  • Rapid appointment time (within 2 weeks of the referral)
  • Rapid access to colonoscopy (within 2 weeks of being seen)
  • Affordable access to assessment and colonoscopy
    • All patients are bulk-billed for their consultation
    • Costs of colonoscopy directly billed to health fund
    • For the uninsured, the cheapest available rate for self insured colonoscopy
  • Quality of colonoscopy service
    • All patients are given individual nurse led education as to how to get the best preparation for their colonoscopy
    • The colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who is a member of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia and is recognised as a colonoscopist by the Conjoint Committee of GESA, RACP and RACS and the Re-credentialing Committee of GESA
    • The colonoscopies performed are subject to period audit.
  • The convenience of booking your appointment online.

The Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Clinic is run two days a week by the SA Group of Specialists Colorectal Cancer Prevention Nurses, Michelle Coats and Kalindra Simpson. Both are highly experienced in this field, having worked for the Bowel Health Service at the Repatriation General Hospital. Patients are seen by Michelle and Kalindra as well as one of the participating gastroenterologists, Dr Peter Bampton or Dr Daniel Worthley.

To be seen patients through this nurse led clinic patients need to have a referral from their general practitioner, and:

  • Have a referral to be reviewed because of a positive faecal occult blood test or family history of colorectal cancer or a personal history of colonic polyps
  • Have no other significant medical illness
  • Be aged between 45 and 75 years of age
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