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Gastroenterologist for 17yo in Sydney

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#1 Greatmum

Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:25 PM


Anyone’s teenager see a gastro in western Sydney DS is 17 an GP says there are not many around for kids as kids don’t have these sort of problems and to wait a year til he can see an adult one and that one of her other patients child has been waiting two years to see one.

#2 MooGuru

Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:31 PM

Why can't he see an adult one at 17? I've never heard of that?

#3 BusbyWilkes

Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:42 PM

I would think about a new GP if that is their advice! Wait times will depend on if you have private health insurance or not.
I'm in a different state to you, but the paed specialists here see children til they are 16 (unless there are exceptional circumstances) and then they transition to adult specialists.

#4 Greatmum

Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:42 PM

Was told he can’t cause he’s not an adult.

#5 Lifesgood

Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:51 PM

We see a paediatric gastro in Randwick if you want their details PM me.

I also don't understand why he can't see an adult gastro.

#6 got my tinsel on

Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:52 PM

Have sent you a pm.

#7 MooGuru

Posted 30 November 2018 - 07:29 PM

View PostGreatmum, on 30 November 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

Was told he can’t cause he’s not an adult.

I'd consider a second opinion. There are some 16-17 year olds who see paed doctors - usually because they've been long term patients. I'd actually be surprised if a paed based doctor would take on a 17 yr old at all.

I know lots of 16,17 year old girls seeing adult gynos. I also know a 16 year old who had a colonoscopy under an adult doctor in Western Sydney at the public hospital (don't know more details like doctor).

#8 Luci

Posted 01 December 2018 - 06:02 AM

I also can't think of a reason what he couldn't see an adult gastro. I live near Sydney Children's hospital and they see patients up to the age of 16, after that you are considered an adult.

I agree with a PP that a paediatric gastro might not take on a 17 year old as a new patient anyway. And if there are very few paediatric gastro's with a long wait for an appointment time your DS might have turned 18 anyway by the time his appointment comes.

In term's of physical development / body size etc there is no difference between 17 and 18. I can't imagine there would be any difference in the medical treatment that a 17 year old would receive compared to an 18 year old. If your DS needs to see a gastro now, what could be achieved by waiting until there are 18 candles on his birthday cake rather than 17?

I would also consider a second opinion. Obviously you will need a referral from a GP but if you wanted you could phone the offices of a couple of Gastro's and ask their receptionists if they see patients of your son's age as your GP has advised otherwise.

Edited by Luci, 01 December 2018 - 06:03 AM.

#9 LambChop

Posted 01 December 2018 - 06:17 AM

I'm kind of your way (around Revesby) - the nearest are either around Westmead or Sutherland Shire.

These guys have a looong waiting list  - http://www.schn.heal...and-bowel/chw-0

We see Dr Usha in Sutherland Shire, she has been awesome and helped us nail my daughters issues.

#10 SplashingRainbows

Posted 01 December 2018 - 06:54 AM

There are heaps of paediatric gastro’s in Sydney. Google brings up a lot of them. We too see one at Randwick although I also agree you’re probably best off with an adult gastro (and a new GP!)

Why don’t you ring the rooms of some adult and paed gastros and find out whether they accept referrals for 17yos. Then when you know who will go back to the GP for a referral to that person.

#11 Noodlez

Posted 01 December 2018 - 07:02 AM

You need to find a new GP.

#12 Greatmum

Posted 10 May 2019 - 07:23 PM

Ok saw paed gastro put him on nexium didn’t do anything. Had endoscopy didn’t show anything but still waiting on pathology. Nausea is way worse now every day. I don’t know what else to do he hasn’t been at school or doing anything for two weeks and it is affecting his eating too now.

Also children’s hospital were happy to see him even though he is 17.

Edited by Greatmum, 10 May 2019 - 07:31 PM.

#13 Grassyrat

Posted 10 May 2019 - 08:16 PM

We have a great one who refers patients to us for scans - he does see 17 year olds. Most of his patients are difficult cases that others can't work out.

He practices in south west Sydney, PM me if you'd like his details.

#14 Not Escapin Xmas

Posted 10 May 2019 - 08:37 PM

View PostGreatmum, on 10 May 2019 - 07:23 PM, said:

Ok saw paed gastro put him on nexium didn’t do anything. Had endoscopy didn’t show anything but still waiting on pathology. Nausea is way worse now every day. I don’t know what else to do he hasn’t been at school or doing anything for two weeks and it is affecting his eating too now.

Also children’s hospital were happy to see him even though he is 17.

Did they do a biopsy as part of the scope? Did they test for esinophils?

I have eosinophilic esophagitis and can have terrible nausea (ie throw up just walking to the train station). I have severe food intolerances. I attend the RPA Allergy Clinic. It's in Camperdown which is a way from you but I would try to get in there urgently.

#15 Greatmum

Posted 15 May 2019 - 05:44 PM

yes not escapin xmas they did still waiting on results do you know how long it took for your results.

What treatment is there for it.  How long have you had it.

Edited by Greatmum, 15 May 2019 - 05:45 PM.

#16 Not Escapin Xmas

Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:07 PM

Hi Greatmum

I was diagnosed 6 years ago, but have had it much longer than that. I live on the RPA Strict Elimination Diet. Steroids don't work for me.

For some people (adults and kids) steroids keep it under control. For me, it's only diet. There seems to be two distinct strains.

Feel free to PM me with anything specific/personal.

Assuming it is EO, there are excellent facebook support groups too.

Good luck. EO is horrible, but if it's that, at least you'll have an answer.

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