General Surgery Services provide inpatient and outpatient treatment for elective and emergency general surgical patients

Division of Surgery

Seven specialty surgical units operate and are staffed by consultants. 

Clinical Director Surgical Services 
Operations Director Surgical Services
Clinical Surgical Reviewer
Mr. Michael Condous

Ms. Carolyn Robertson

Mrs. Cathryn Conroy

Susan Stacpoole

General Surgical Unit 1 - Upper Gastroenterology
Mr. Andrew Lowe, Mr. Stuart Eaton, Mr. Kontoku Shimokawa, Mr. David Low
General Surgical Unit 2 - Lower Gastroenterology
Mr. Bruce Stewart, Mr. Tom Fisher, Dr. Carolyn Vasey, Mr. James Ross
Surgical Unit 3 - Vascular Unit/Plastics
Mr. Michael Condous, Mr. Matthew Hadfield, Mr. Michael Ng, Mr. Amir Tadros
Surgical Unit 4 - General Unit
Dr. Ruth Bollard, Mr. Daniel Wong, Mr. Ahmed Naqeeb, Mr. Douraid Abbass, Mr. Sujith Krishnamoorthy, Mr. Shantanu Joglekar
Urology Unit
Mr. Lachlan Dodds, Mr. David Cook, Mr. Richard McMullin, Ms. Lydia Johns-Putra, Mr. Robert Forsyth, Dr. Briony Norris
Orthopaedic Unit
Mr. David Mitchell, Mr. Shaun English, Mr. John Dillon, Mr. Scott Mason, Mr. Luke Spencer, Mr. Naveen Nara, Mr. Ferraby Ling
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) 
Mr. Mark Guirguis, Mr. Niall McConchie, Dr. Nadine de Alwis
Mr. Michael Toohey, Mr. Trent Roydhouse, Mr. David Francis
Oral / Facio Maxillary Unit
Mr. Graeme Fowler


Outpatient appointments

If you require an appointment with a consultant under the public health scheme, please call 5320 4221 or send fax through to 5320 4822.

You will need a GP referral prior to booking an appointment. 

Surgery appointments

If you require information regarding a procedure booking please call 5320 4248.

Perioperative and Day Procedure Unit (PDPU)

PDPU is situated on the first floor of the Henry Bolte Wing Base Hospital site. 

It is the admissions center for the hospital, handling clerical and nursing admissions for all same-day elective surgery, endoscopy, diagnostic and medical procedure patients. The unit is staffed by Registered Nurses, who care for patients in recovery after their day procedures. The recovery period, after a day procedure, is approximately 2 hours.
For more information, please call 5320 6494

Preadmission service

All patients going onto an elective surgery waiting list are placed in order of highest need, also called triage. This service assess each patient's health condition and will triage patients to the surgical waiting list. 

When attending a pre-admission check, each patient may need to fill in the following  paper work: 

  • Patient Health Questionnaire
  • Unit specific Pre-admission Clinic
  • Anaesthetic Pre-admission Clinic

Pre-admission Clinics are an Outpatients Clinic, staffed by Anesthetists, Surgical Doctors, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, such as Physiotherapists and Social Workers.

Patients attending these clinics, undergo a thorough assessment of their health. Any problems identified from this assessment can be addressed immediately and any further tests or treatment ordered. Information is provided about surgery and what patients can expect before and after surgery. The type of anesthetic that will be used in each procedure will also be discussed. 

The Anaesthetic Pre-admission Clinic provides a Consultant Anesthetist to access each patient's anesthetic needs. 

Admission to hospital

Admission to hospital can be a stressful time for patients, families and carers. Information about this process will hopefully reduce this stress.
  • Parking is limited around the hospital. There is a hospital car park that can be used by patients.
  • All phone calls to the patient from the hospital will be from a No Caller ID.
  • Please bring all of your medications in their boxes to all of your appointments.
  • Please make sure that you bring your reading glasses to all appointments.
  • Please notify the hospital as soon as possible if you are unable to make your appointment, so that other patients may be able to use that time slot.
  • If you are a day case, please make sure that you have a responsible person over the age of 18 to pick you up and to stay with you overnight after your operation.
  • The Perioperative Day Unit admits patients to 6 different theatres, Radiology, Endoscopy and the Cath lab each day. This may be why you see other patients going to theatre before you.
  • Your admission time is determined by your surgical team. You may need a particular blood test, x-ray or other procedure before your operation.
  • The theatre list can also change at the last minute due to emergencies, staff and equipment availability. We will always try and keep you updated, if there are any changes that will affect your operation time.
  • If your operation, unfortunately, needs to be cancelled, the doctor or nursing staff will inform you. You will be offered something to eat and drink and a liaison nurse will be in touch with you to re-schedule your operation.



1 Drummond Street North
Ballarat VIC 3350


03 5320 4000

Opening Hours

Office hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

General Surgical and ENT Ward
Phone (03) 5320 4568
Nurse Unit Manager: Nicole Snibson
2nd Floor Gardner-Pittard building (via gold lifts)

Urology, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology Ward
Phone: (03) 5320 4245 or (03) 5320 4246
Nurse Unit Manager: Annette McFarlane
3rd floor Henry Bolte building (purple lifts)

Orthopaedic ward
Phone: (03) 5320 4642
Nurse Unit Manager: Danelle Klein
2nd floor Henry Bolte building (purple lifts)


03 5320 6859

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