A/Prof David van der Poorten
Dr Roslyn Vongsuvanh
  Prof Golo Ahlenstiel
Dr Way Siow

Appointments & Enquiries:  (02) 8711 0160

Sydney Norwest Gastroenterology              (inc. HSS Gastroenterology)

Sydney Norwest/HSS Gastroenterology is a modern, energetic and progressive Gastroenterology practice based at the new Hospital for Specialist Surgery (HSS) Norwest and Concord.

We offer a comprehensive service that covers all aspects of Gastroenterology and Liver disease including disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon (large intestine), liver, pancreas and biliary tree. Particular areas of interest and expertise include colorectal cancer screening (bowel cancer), the management of fatty liver disease and NASH, liver cancer (HCC), inflammatory bowel disease, drug-resistant helicobacter infection and viral hepatitis.

With access to Clinical Trials, Multi-Disciplinary Meetings, Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy & Colonoscopy, Fibroscan, Pill Cam and the latest in Diagnostics and Medical Therapy, you can be assured that you are getting the most up to date assessment and management when you see A/Prof David van der Poorten, Dr Roslyn Vongsuvanh, Dr Way Siow or Prof Golo Ahlenstiel.

scope fobtDirect Access Colonoscopy and Iron infusions

Our direct access endoscopy pathway allows for suitable patients to be referred directly for Colonoscopy and or Gastroscopy without prior consultation. All urgent indications are guaranteed to have a procedure within 30 days of referral in the public or private hospital system.

Indications: Positive FOBT, iron deficiency anaemia, GI bleeding (melaena or lower GI), family history of polyps or CRC and patients with previous polyps. Those with medical comorbidities, increased risks or unclear indications for scopes will need a review prior.

We provide direct access for iron infusions at HSS or at Westmead Public Hospital for suitable patients with low ferritin and intolerance/failure of oral iron supplements. All patients are given 1g of Ferinject, which takes as little as 15 minutes for an infusion.

For all direct access: Fax referalls to 8624 4769 or fill in the form here.

New Hepatitis C treatments available

We are now treating all patients with hepatitis C with oral, direct acting antivirals (DAAs) which have cure rates between 85-100% and none of the side-effects of interferon. Ask us today about how treatment with Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir), Harvoni (Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir), Daclinza (Daclatisvir), Viekira Pak (Ombitasvir, Paritaprevir, Ritonavir & Dasabuvir) or Zepatier (Elbsvir/Grazoprevir) could cure your Hepatitis C. As few as 3 appointments and between 8-24 weeks of therapy may be all that is needed.

Fibroscan

Fibroscan with Steatosis (CAP)

The non-invasive alternative to liver biopsy is here and is FREE for all our patients at the time of consultation. For external referrals the procedure costs less than $75 following rebate. Check out how healthy, fatty or scarred your liver is today with this simple, painless and reproducible scan. Click here to find out more and book your scan today.

Introducing

Lucinda BerglundDr Lucinda Berglund (Clinical Immunologist and Allergist) will now be consulting at the HSS Norwest Rooms and at Concord on a Tuesday morning. She provides expert diagnosis and management of autoimmune disease, autoantibodies, recurrent infection where immunodeficiency is suspected and all allergic disease. She offers skin prick testing on the day of consultation where appropriate and has a dedicated allergy nurse specialist.

She is happy to see patients 10 years old and above. For more details on her practice and services click here.

 

Meet A/Prof David van der Poorten

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A/Prof David van der Poorten is a Staff Specialist Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist at Westmead Public Hospital and also has appointments as a Consultant Gastroenterologist at the new Hospital for Specialist Surgery (HSS) in Norwest, Westmead Private and Strathfield Private Hospitals. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and is active in both teaching and research. He is a Doctor of Philosophy (medicine) and an active member of the Royal Australasian college of Physicians and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA). More about A/Prof van der Poorten can be found here.

 

Meet Dr Roslyn Vongsuvanh

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Dr Roslyn Vongsuvanh is a Staff Specialist Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Blacktown Hospital. She also has appointments at the new Hospital for Specialist Surgery (HSS) in Norwest Business park and Strathfield  Private Hospitals. She is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney and is currently completing a PhD focusing on liver cancer (HCC) through the Storr Liver Unit at Westmead Hospital.  She is actively involved in medical student teaching and has many ongoing research projects. More about Dr Vongsuvanh can be found here.

Meet Dr Way Siow

Dr Way Siow

Dr Way Siow completed his medical and gastroenterology training at Gosford and Royal North Shore Hospitals and is currently a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at the new Hospital for Specialist Surgery in Norwest Business Park. He is a conjoint teaching fellow with the University of Newcastle actively involved in the education of medical students and training specialists. Way is currently undertaking further research on the link between colorectal cancer and fatty liver disease as part of his PhD through the Storr Liver Unit at Westmead Hospital and the University of Sydney. More about Dr Way Siow can be found here.

Meet Prof Golo Ahlenstiel

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Prof Golo Ahlenstiel is an academic Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Blacktown Hospital, Professor of Medicine at Western Sydney University, Head of the Liver Immunology Group at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research and consultant Gastroenterologist at HSS. Golo was trained at the University Hospital of Bonn, Germany and later at the world renowned National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington DC, USA. His practice encompasses all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology. More about Prof Golo Ahlenstiel can be found here.