First Appointment Information
Booking your First 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.
If you do not have Medicare, we still recommend a referral as it will help us expedite your appointment.
To book an appointment, please contact us – you can do this via our online appointment form or or contact us on 02 9131 2111.
On the day of the appointment:
- Please bring your referral with you – if you haven’t already sent it to us via email or the online form
- Medicare Card
- Health Fund Card
- Pension Card
- Veterans Affairs Card (DVA)
- Bring any test results that are relevant to the consult (i.e. Blood test results, Stool test results, ultrasound report and film, x-ray report and film, CT report and film, MRI report and film)
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time as we will need to gather your information prior to you seeing Dr. Suhirdan.
What to expect at your First Appointment
This appointment is for Dr. Suhirdan to understand your symptoms and begin gathering information to diagnose you. Dr. Suhirdan will read the referral from your doctor and will then ask you to tell him what symptoms you have, please also advise any other information you feel is relevant. If you have brought test results, he will review them and work towards a diagnosis. Further investigations may be required and this will be organised as required during the consultation.
After your First Appointment
Appointments do have different outcomes, so there is no single “next step”, however Dr. Suhirdan will clearly explain what comes next. This may entail blood tests, stool tests, endoscopic evaluation and scans. Dr. Suhirdan performs all endoscopic investigations and you have a choice of hospitals to have this done. You will then have a follow up appointment to review these results and ensure you are improving as expected.
Diagnosis can be achieved at any stage during this process, based on the information and results available. This varies from patient to patient.
You may also be required to have follow up appointments to ensure treatment has been effective and your recovery is on track.
What can you expect at your first gastroenterology appointment?
The purpose of your first gastro appointment is generally to identify and understand your symptoms. Your specialist will also review any test results you have and go over your medical history.
How should I prepare for my first gastro appointment?
Aim to arrive at the clinic 15 minutes before your appointment and make sure you bring the following documents.
Health fund card
Medicaid card/pension card/veterans affair card
Any medical test results
A list of questions you may have for your specialist
How long will my first appointment last?
Any patient’s first gastro appointment generally lasts around 30 minutes. Subsequent appointments, however, might last longer depending on your condition and the type of care and treatment you require.
Where can I consult Dr Suhirdan Vivekanandarajah?
Dr Vivekanandarajah consults in the following clinics and hospitals:
Diagnostic Endoscopy Centre, St. Vincent’s Clinic, Darlinghurst
Alexandria Specialist Day Hospital, Alexandria
Centre for Digestive Diseases, Five Dock
Will a colonoscopy be part of my first gastro appointment?
No, not every patient requires a colonoscopy. Dr Vivekanandarajah will decide if you need to undergo this procedure based on your condition and symptoms.
Got a referral from your doctor?
Please click below to request an appointment