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Milford Chambers, 249 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch

89 Great King Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin

9 Isle Street, Queenstown

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

52 Pegasus Main Street, Pegasus

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Description

Intus is a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physicians, dietitians, physiotherapists and specialised nurses who offer an extensive range of world class consultation services across the South Island.

Our digestive and colorectal group specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of all gastrointestinal health disorders including bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Through our multidisciplinary approach, you receive the benefit of the skills and experience of leading specialists as well as the support from a team of dedicated, well-trained nurses who are always there for you.

 

What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that looks at diseases of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small and large intestines (bowel), liver, gallbladder and pancreas. 

The oesophagus is the tube that joins your mouth with your stomach. It is a muscular tube that contracts to push the food through when you swallow. The stomach is where food is broken down by acid and emptied into your intestines. The stomach has special cells lining its wall to protect it from these acids. The intestines consist of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum – different sections of small intestine) and the large intestine (colon).  As food passes through the small intestine, nutrients are broken down and absorbed.  When it passes into the colon, water is absorbed.  The waste that is left is passed as faeces (poo). The liver is roughly the size of a football and is on your right side just under your ribs. It stores vitamins, sugar and iron which are used by cells in the body for energy.

It also clears the body of waste products and drugs, produces substances that are used to help blood clot and aid the immune system, and produces bile which aids in digestion.

The pancreas is an elongated organ that lies in the back of the mid-abdomen. It is responsible for producing digestive juices and certain hormones, including insulin, the main hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar.

A gastroenterologist is a doctor specialising in the field of medicine which involves these closely related organs.

 

What is Colorectal Surgery?
The colon and the rectum are part of the digestive tract that processes the food we eat. Together they make up the large intestine or large bowel and are located in the abdomen between the small intestine and the anus. The colon is about 1.8m long and absorbs water and nutrients from food. The rectum is the last segment of the large intestine and is about 20 -25cm long. This is where waste material is stored before it passes out of the body through the anus.

A colorectal surgeon is a general surgeon who has had further training and specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus.

Staff

Consultants

Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.

  • Mr Ian Bradford

    General & Colorectal Surgeon

    Available at Milford Chambers, 249 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch, 9 Isle Street, Queenstown, 52 Pegasus Main Street, Pegasus

  • Dr Thomas Caspritz

    Gastroenterologist

    Available at Milford Chambers, 249 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch

  • Dr Judith Collett

    Gastroenterologist

    Available at 9 Isle Street, Queenstown

  • Mr James Haddow

    General & Colorectal Surgeon

    Available at 89 Great King Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin

  • Mr Richard Perry

    General & Colorectal Surgeon

    Available at Milford Chambers, 249 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch, 9 Isle Street, Queenstown, 10A Helwick Street, Wanaka

  • Dr Alison Ross

    Gastroenterologist

    Available at Milford Chambers, 249 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch

  • Dr Magda Sakowska

    General Surgeon & Endoscopist

    Available at Milford Chambers, 249 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch

  • Mr Janindra Warusavitarne

    Colorectal Surgeon

    Available at Milford Chambers, 249 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch

  • Dr Deborah Wright

    General & Colorectal Surgeon

    Available at 89 Great King Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin

Physiotherapists

Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.

  • Maree Frost

    Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

    Available at Milford Chambers, 249 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch

How do I access this service?

Referral

We encourage our patients to see their general practitioners or other specialist provider, however we do accept self-referrals.

Provider referrals: please use ERMS (location or specialist) or complete this form

Website / App

We can offer virtual video consultations with anyone in New Zealand.

Make an appointment

You are welcome to make an appointment to see one of our specialists. To do so, please call us or complete this form. We recommend letting your GP know you…

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Referral Expectations

We ask that all patients complete the Registration Form prior to their arrival. All patients seeing one of our colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists, pelvic floor physiotherapists or dietitians are asked to fill out our Bowel Symptom Questionnaire

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Charges

Intus is an affiliated provider with Southern Cross Health Insurance for consultations and some procedures.

Read more about billing and payment here

Hours

Milford Chambers, 249 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

89 Great King Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

9 Isle Street, Queenstown

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sat – Sun10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

10A Helwick Street, Wanaka

By appointment only

52 Pegasus Main Street, Pegasus

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Mon – Thu8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fri8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sat9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Gastroscopy

    This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your oesophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) and examine the lining directly. … More

  • Colonoscopy

    This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your large bowel and examine the surfaces directly and take biopsies (samples of tissue) if needed.  Treatment of conditions can also be undertaken.… More

  • Sigmoidoscopy

    A long, narrow tube with a tiny camera attached (sigmoidoscope) is inserted into your anus and moved through your lower large intestine (bowel).… More

  • Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)

    There are two types of IBD, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  In these conditions, the immune system attacks the lining of the colon causing inflammation and ulceration, bleeding and diarrhoea.  In ulcerative colitis this only involves the large intestine, whereas in Crohn’s disease areas within the entire intestine can be… More

  • Haemorrhoids

    Haemorrhoids are a condition where the veins under the lining of the anus are congested and enlarged.… More

  • Colorectal Cancer

    This is cancer that begins in your colon or rectum.… More

  • Gallstones

    Sometimes, some of the watery fluid (bile) stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-like material known as gallstones.… More

  • Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)

    GEOD is caused by the backflow (reflux) of food and stomach acid into the oesophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) from the stomach.… More

  • Hernias

    A hernia exists where part of the abdominal wall is weakened and the contents of the abdomen push through to the outside.… More

  • Hepatitis

    This is inflammation of the liver, commonly caused by viruses.  Hepatitis B and C are viruses that can cause chronic (long term) inflammation and damage to the liver.… More

  • Cirrhosis

    Cirrhosis is the term used to describe a diseased liver that has been badly scarred, usually due to many years of injury.… More

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse

    If the uterus (womb) or bladder slips out of position, this is referred to as a prolapse.… More

  • Kidney Failure

    This is when a patient’s kidneys are unable to remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood.… More

  • Kidney Stones

    This term refers to stones in the urinary system. They form in the kidneys but can be found anywhere in the urinary system.… More

Services Provided

Dietitian

  • Gut/ bowel disorders

Physiotherapy

  • Pelvic health
  • Pregnancy & postnatal

Wheelchair Access

Yes

Parking

Intus Digestive & Colorectal Care Christchurch: St. George’s offers onsite paid parking. There is also curbside parking in the vicinity of Intus.

Intus Dunedin: Complimentary patient parking is available at the rear of the building; down the driveway next to the front door, and up the ramp. The driveway to the carpark is between a Wilson's carpark, and the front door of our clinic.

Intus Lakes Medical Specialists: There is curbside parking within the vicinity of Intus Lakes.

Queenstown Medical Centre: There is onsite parking free of charge.

Pegasus Medical Centre: There is onsite parking free of charge.

Pharmacy

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Contact Details

9 Isle Street, Queenstown

Central Lakes

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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52 Pegasus Main Street, Pegasus

Canterbury

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

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This page was last updated at 9:36AM on June 30, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Intus.