There’s no question that Bowel Cancer Screening saves lives. Dr Pavey strongly believes and advocates for advance screening for Bowel Cancer. In response to the rapid increase in the number of patients who will participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program as well as other Gastrointestinal Cancer Screening Programs this year, Dr Pavey offers Rapid Access/Direct Access Endoscopy to private or self-funding patients who meet specific health criteria.
Dr Pavey believes that this service will better support you as the primary care doctor in your quest to provide expedient, safe and expert healthcare to your patients. Rapid/Direct Access to screening endoscopy provides patients with reduced wait-times and greater peace of mind.
For more information on the National Bowel Cancer Screening program and protocols and your role in this effort, please see the Cancer Council Australia Website:
Patients can usually arrange to have their screening endoscopy with Dr Pavey within 30 days; Urgent endoscopies can be done within a week / 7 days. Dr Pavey has added additional endoscopy lists in a conscious effort to reduce the wait periods for screening endoscopies. A Referral Template found here [Insert link to RTF or PDF], can be completed and faxed to (02) 8583-3082 or emailed to email@example.com.
If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact our Practice Nurse, Elisabeth Stratton, on 9707-3523.
Patients will be assessed by a clinician for Rapid/Direct Access on a case by case basis
Referrals through our practice are reviewed by a clinician and triaged within 24 hours in the same manner for all patients. The only difference may be how quickly public patients may be able to have their procedure, as we are subject to Public Hospital guidelines and their respective waitlist criteria.
If your patients opt to go through Bankstown or Concord Hospitals as Medicare-only Patients, they will need to attend a pre-admission appointment with us to complete an admission review and to complete their hospital paperwork. There is a flat-rate consultation charge for this appointment which may or may not be rebated by Medicare. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to bulk bill or offer pensioner discounts.Please be aware that we have no ability to select specific dates for either Bankstown or Concord hospitals for your patient’s endoscopy procedure. These lists are managed within the hospital systems and are outside of our control. Dr Pavey will ensure that patient recommendations for admission are categorized appropriately.
We will always consider special circumstances. However, to keep up with the costs of running a specialist practice and providing high quality care, we are no longer able to offer bulk billing or pensioner concessions. However, most of our services attract a Medicare rebate.
If you are particularly concerned about a patient and their ability to access high quality and timely care, please contact our rooms to discuss the options with the practice nurse or practice manager on (02) 9707-3523 before sending through the referral. We will always endeavor to find the best option for patient care.