The department of Gastroenterology is involved in the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic gastrointestinal and liver disease. We are a regional service covering the central North Island and provide
specialist services (e.g. double balloon enteroscopy, and fibroscan)
for the whole of New Zealand.
We have three endoscopy rooms which we share with the respiratory physicians and surgical endoscopists. We also have access to radiology - three sessions / week for ERCP.
What we do
Research and innovationWe are a progressive department which has led the way by being the first department in New Zealand to introduce double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) and liver fibroscan. We were a finalist in the New Zealand Health Innovation awards and won the innovation section at the DHB Best of Health awards for our work with the DBE.
We will be commencing endoscopic ultrasound early in 2010.
Nursing in GastroenterologyNursing in Gastroenterology is split into three areas:
The nursing staff have a range of individual specialised roles such as IBD nurse, capsule endoscopy, PEG management and the audit database. We have three on-going audits: acute bleed, PEG and colonoscopy procedures.
The nursing staff all take turns to present at the multidisciplinary journal club held weekly and at national conference. We have had several successes at this conference winning the first time presenters prize twice, best journal article and overall best paper in recent years.
The nursing staff embrace new technology with enthusiasm and are pivotal to the progressiveness of the department.