Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book an appointment

You will likely have a written referral from your referring doctor / GP. You will need this when you book your appointment so you can be eligible for the Medicare rebate associated with the consult as well as any subsequent appointments. Your referral will remain valid for up to 12 months from the date your doctor gave it to you. We can accept a referral in the name of Dr. Suhirdan Vivekanandarajah or another Gastroenterologist.


To book an appointment, please contact us – you can do this via our online appointment form.

Do I need a referral to see Dr. Suhirdan

If you would like to be eligible for the Medicare rebate for consult and procedure fees, you will need a valid referral. Referrals are valid for up to 12 months.

Dr. Suhirdan is happy to see patients who do not have a referral, it just means you will not be able to claim the Medicare Rebate for fees. We still recommend a referral as it will help us expedite your appointment.

​Where can I see Dr. Suhirdan

Dr. Suhirdan consults at a number of locations in Sydney – and offers three locations for procedures.


Consulting

  • Diagnostic Endoscopy Centre, St. Vincent’s Clinic, Darlinghurst
  • Sydney Gut Clinic, Alexandria
  • Sydney Specialist Suites, Rozelle
  • Centre for Digestive Diseases, Five Dock


Procedures

  • Diagnostic Endoscopy Centre, St. Vincent’s Clinic, Darlinghurst
  • Alexandria Specialist Day Hospital, Alexandria
  • Centre for Digestive Diseases, Five Dock


To book an appointment, please contact us – you can do this via our online appointment form.

​What do I need to bring to my appointment

First Appointment:

  • Referral
  • Medicare card
  • Health Fund card
  • Pension card
  • Veterans Affairs Card (DVA)
  • Results for relevant tests


For more information on First Appointment, please click here.


Follow Up:

If you have been sent for any tests or investigations, please bring the results as well as any films you have been given. In some cases, the results are sent directly to us, but if you have been given any or receive any in the post, please bring them with you.

How long will my appointment take

Consult Appointments

A first appointment can take up to 30 minutes. Follow up appointments are usually quicker.


Procedures

For procedure times, please speak to staff when booking the procedure as these can vary in time; generally from the time you check in, to being discharged it takes approximately 3 hours.

​Do I have to have a colonoscopy if I see a Gastroenterologist

When you come for your consult, Dr. Suhirdan will determine what tests and investigations are required. Not all cases require a colonoscopy, but many do as being able to see inside the gut and take biopsies of the tissue provides accurate results, from which diagnosis can be made.


If you are nervous about having a procedure, please mention this to Dr. Suhirdan and he will find the best way forward for you, in your circumstances.

​What hospitals does Dr. Suhirdan do procedures in

Dr. Suhirdan can see you for a procedure in any of the following Private Day Hospitals.


  • Diagnostic Endoscopy Centre, St. Vincent’s Clinic, Darlinghurst
  • Alexandria Specialist Day Hospital, Alexandria
  • Centre for Digestive Diseases, Five Dock


If you need to stay overnight, Dr. Suhirdan has admitting rights at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Darlinghurst.

​Where did Dr. Suhirdan complete his medical training

Dr. Suhirdan attended medical school at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

​What languages can Dr. Suhirdan speak

Dr. Suhirdan is proud to be an Australian Citizen; having lived here since he was accepted in to medical school at UNSW in Sydney, after completing England’s A/L exams (equivalent of Australian ATAR/HSC) in London. He speaks English and Tamil.

Got a referral from your doctor?

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