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Division of Surgery

The Division of Surgery at Ballarat Health Services comprises seven specialty units.
Each unit is staffed by consultants in accordance with their surgical specialties and areas of special interest.

General Surgical Unit 1 - Upper Gastroenterology
Mr. David Deutscher, Mr. Andrew Lowe, Mr. Stuart Eaton.

General Surgical Unit 2 - Lower Gastroenterology
Mr. Bruce Stewart, Mr. Tom Fisher, Dr. Michael NG.

Surgical Unit 3 - Vascular / Plastic Unit
Mr. Robert Ventura, Mr. Michael Condous, Mr Matthew Hadfield, Mr. Robert Sheen - plastic surgeon, Dr. Ahmed Hameed.

Surgery Unit 4 - General Unit
Ms Ruth Bollard, Mr Peter Denton, Mr Daniel Wong
Urology Unit
Mr. David Cook, Mr. Richard McMullin, Mr. Lachlan Dodds, Ms. Lydia Johns-Putra, Mr. Robert Forsyth.
Orthopaedic Unit
Mr. David Mitchell, Mr. John Nelson, Mr. Shaun English, Mr. Milos Kolarik, Mr John Dillon,  Dr. Scott Mason (Supervised Fellow).
ENT /Ophthalmology & Oral / Facio Maxillary Unit.
Mr. Mark Guirguis - ENT, Mr. Niall McConchie - ENT, Mr. Paul Donoghue - ENT, Ms. Bridget Clancy - ENT, Dr. David McKnight - Opthalmology, Dr. Michael Toohey - Opthalmology, Mr. Graeme Fowler - Oral/Facio Maxillary.

Contact details

Clinical Director Mr. Matthew Hadfield
Secretary Annabella Zupan
Phone (03) 5320 6879
Facsimile (03) 5320 6859


Level 2
Cafeteria Building
Ballarat Base Hospital
Drummond Street North
Ballarat 3353
Refer to hospital map

Hours of service

The Surgical Division has staff on duty 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and on call 6pm to 6am Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm on weekends and public holidays
Office hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Related Departments

Operating Suite, Perioperative and Day Procedure Unit, Outpatients Department. and Surgical Wards - 3 South, 3 North and 2 North.

Useful Contacts

If you require an appointment with a consultant under the public health scheme, please ring 5320 4221. Please note: you require a referral from your GP prior to an appointment being booked for you. If you require information regarding a procedure booking, please ring 5320 4248.


Operating Suite

The Operating Suite consists of 6 theatres, 2 endoscopy rooms and a 13-bed recovery room. Ballarat Health Services offers the following surgical specialties:

  • General surgery
  • Colorectal
  • Orthopaedic
  • Ophthalmology
  • Plastics
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Facio-maxillary
  • Vascular
  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Thoracic
  • Endoscopy
  • Breast surgery

The Department is staffed for elective surgery between 8am and 6pm hours and operates an emergency service from 6pm to 10pm with on call from 10pm to 8am.

Opportunities are available for nurses interested in perioperative nursing via either a graduate or a pre course program. Ballarat Health Service, in collaboration with Deakin University, offers a post-graduate qualification, either certificate or diploma, in perioperative nursing.

Perioperative and Day Procedure Unit (PDPU)

PDPU is a busy unit situated on the first floor of the Henry Bolte Wing. It is the admissions centre for the hospital, handling clerical and nursing admissions for all same day elective surgery, endoscopy, diagnostic and medical procedure patients. Throughput in the department can be in excess of 40 patients per day. The Unit is staffed by skilled Registered Nurses who care for postoperative day case patients, with a recovery period of approximately 2 hours.

Preadmission Service

All patients going onto an elective surgery waiting list are triaged through this Service. Triage will consist of any or all of the following:

  • filling out a Patient Health Questionnaire
  • Unit specific Preadmission Clinic
  • Anaesthetic Preadmission Clinic

Preadmission Clinics are an Outpatients Clinic staffed by Anaesthetists, Surgical Doctors, Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals such as Physiotherapists and Social Workers.

Patients attending these clinics undergo a thorough assessment of their health with consideration of their current and past medical history. Any problems identified from this assessment can be addressed immediately and any further tests or treatment ordered. Information is provided about what to expect up to and following surgery and type of anaesthetic to be administered.

The Anaesthetic Preadmission Clinic provides a Consultant Anaesthetist to manage the workup of surgical patients prior to their operation. This supports a day of surgery admission.

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