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Old 11-04-2011, 12:15 PM
NameDr. Ian Roberts-Thomson
AddressThe Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 28 Woodville Road.
 Woodville West., South Australia, 5011
Phone(08) 82226000
BioHead Professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department at TQEH
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03-09-2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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Join Date: Aug 2011
This doctor is a despicable old doctor who should be retired immediately. I saw him for a second opinion after confusion and denial with my original diagnosis and was hoping to get at least somekind of advice and assistance in dealing with my diagnosis and situation. Instead he dismissed all my results and said I had nothing wrong with me and only had IBS, despite my colonoscopies coming up as positive for IBD. Even when he read that he made up some crap about that not meaning anything. I;m sure he has done good in his field over the years and some people really respect him as their doctor. But this guy does not take real concerns seriously. He told me I only had IBS back in July 2011 and it would definitely go away as it was not Crohns. Here we are in March 2012 and I have still had multiple flares and constant symptoms. I have no idea why he treated me so poorly and tried undiagnosing me and taking me off all my medication. Needless to say I have gone back to my original GI and things are starting to look brighter. My opinion of this guy could not be worse as he treated my health like it was a joke to him and nobody does that about me without losing any respect I might have ever had for them. Definitely do not go to this doctor if you can avoid it. There are plenty more new, more educated, compassionate doctors. This guy is an old codger with a smug superiority complex and a burntout compassion-less bedside manner. Some of these old doctors are living in the past fixed in a state of old science and not upto date. My other GI is way more educated on IBD and has much more tips and advice and is good at helping. Thankgod I had the sense to revert back to him. But yeah, thumbs down for this guy. I think he actually made me cry after one of his visits and I'm a bloke and don't cry much. Yeah he was that shit. I hope he remembers who I am if he ever reads this and he should be ashamed of himself. Even the ER doctors and nurses in the hospital he works at told me he is useless, I should have taken their warnings!

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10-13-2016, 12:38 AM   #3
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Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: ADELAIDE, South Australia, Australia
Professor Ian Roberts-Thomson was my specialist Doctor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (South Australia), Gastro Department for more than 20 years. I saw him regularly each 3 months and more often when necessary, from about 1994 until his retirement in about 2013. After retirement he went to the Basil Hetzel Institute to do Clinical Research and just recently he is a Professor at the University of Adelaide, lecturing in medicine.
My own experience is somewhat different to the earlier review. In about 1988, when I was admitted to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, I was suffering from a recurrent illness named Benign, Recurrent, Idiopathic, Intrahepatic Cholestasis', or BRIC for short. Although I had had approximately 3 month illness duration each 12 months, this was my second attack that year. Ian was asked to review me whilst I was undergoing surgery for a bleeding duodenal ulcer.
I recovered from both and about 6 years later I was referred to Ian to manage my BRIC illness, by my GP.
Ian worked very hard after taking me on and kept copious notes alongside clinical reports from places he sent me to, to investigate my condition, both when I was well and when I was ill. Soon after joining his clinic, he researched Jaundice (Cholestasis) in almost every clinical journal he could find to see how he could help me. He found that in Europe where there were a small number of similar patients (aprox' 4), one had been prescribed a medicine called Ursodeoxycholic Acid, for the treatment of a very different illness, but he was found to respond favourably to it for his BRIC complaint. Since starting the Urso', the period between bouts lengthened from approximately three months to one year and the length of the ill period reduced significantly. Ian immediately commenced me taking Urso'. Since that time my normal duration of 3 to 4 months has shortened to between 3 and 5 weeks with the ferocity far far less than before, measured by the concentration of Bilirubin in my blood. The distance between bouts lengthened slightly to between 15 months and just recently I've had a 4 year free time.
I believe I suffer a number of other illnesses which may be related to BRIC, one is Diverticular disease, which manifests itself when the large bowel becomes inflamed, as Diverticulitis. Ian treated me for this with very simple o.t.c. medicines, which proved to be enormously effective.
As for the experience that the former reviewer gave you, I'm absolutely convinced he either made a story up (which is unlikely) or he saw someone else at Ian's clinic thinking it was he. Ian is well researched, his demeanour is easy going, but he performs far better than his demeanour indicates. As far as I am concerned I couldn't have had a better Doctor to treat me over that 20+ years. I also can't imagine other doctors at TQEH saying derogatory things about him, My experience when mentioning him is that he was well liked and respected.

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5 / 5 Open to alternative treatments
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