Cabrini gastroenterologist - Dr Arun Gupta

“At Universal Gastroenterology, we aim to provide an empathetic and professional service. The first step is to carefully listen to what the patient has to say and to clarify their concerns. We aim to provide a comprehensive approach to investigation, diagnosis and treatment informed by evidence-based medicine.”

Brighton is one of Bayside’s most exclusive and popular suburbs, located on the Port Phillip Bay coastline and just 20 minutes from the CBD.

In England, on 29 August 1840, Henry Dendy purchased the land that is now Brighton for 1 per acre, site unseen. Dendy arrived on 5 February 1841 to claim his land. Unfortunately, the land did not have any ready sources of water and Dendy’s scheme for land sales failed. Dendy died a pauper. Later, sales of land resulted in Brighton becoming the third most populated town in Port Phillip by 1846. Today, Brighton houses some of the wealthiest citizens in Melbourne with grand homes. Dendy Street Beach, just south of Middle Brighton, features 82 colourful bathing boxes, which are one of the tourist icons of Melbourne.

In England, on 29 August 1840, Henry Dendy took advantage of New South Wales land sale regulations when he “paid the Commissioners for Land and Emigration £5,120 at £1 per acre, for a ‘Special Survey’ of eight square miles of Port Phillip land (Bate, 1983)”. Unlike any other Englishman he sought his land order of 2,072 ha or 20.72 sq. km sight unseen. Professor Weston Bate’s A History of Brighton describes the consternation of the squatters when Dendy arrived on 5 February 1841 to claim his land. Both Dendy and his agent J.B. Were encountered hostility and administrative problems before procuring and developing a land grant outside a five mile (8 km) radius from Melbourne in the Parish of Moorabbin, County of Bourke. Dendy later became insolvent but “the land was resold privately without being surrendered to the Crown (Public Record Office, 1991)”.

In the late 1840’s stately homes were built in an area known as ‘The Terrace’ now called the Esplanade overlooking Dendy Street Beach which at the time had few if any bathing boxes. Local residents included Henry Dendy, J.B. Were, J. Hawdon and H.B. Foot. Elsewhere, bathing boxes existed in Brighton as far back as 1862. Most of the bathing boxes were built on the waters edge at the end of Bay Street and between Park and Wellington Streets. Numbers are uncertain but the Borough, Town and then City of Brighton may have allocated between 100 and 200 sites before the Great Depression.

The Brighton foreshore continued to be the focus of private and public attention during the transition from early settlement to rural suburb. Preserving public decency was an issue for the council but minor compared with foreshore ownership and bathing box disputes between 1862 and 1874.

The completion of a single line railway tram from St Kilda to Brighton Beach in 1906 triggered a significant increase in applications for Brighton bathing box permits and construction 1908 – 1911. The railway tramline was duplicated in 1914. By the time Brighton became a City in 1919 the rural suburb had largely given way to being residential. Roads were well developed including Beach Road (the Esplanade), and electrified trains ran from Melbourne via Brighton Beach to Sandringham.

Universal Gastroenterology was founded by
Dr Arun Gupta, a board-credentialled gastroenterologist (gut and liver specialist) who trained in Melbourne, Sydney and the United Kingdom. He returns to his hometown of Melbourne, bringing his experience working interstate and overseas over the last twelve years.

Dr Gupta has a strong interest in performing high-quality gastroscopy and colonoscopy and diagnosis and management of all aspects of gastroenterology. Call us on (03) 9989 2777 to schedule an appointment, or alternatively use our convenient online appointment request form (click on link).

Dr Gupta is pleased to consult at the specialist consulting suites at Holmesglen Private Hospital at 490 South Road, Moorabbin. Holmesglen Private Hospital opened its doors in January 2017 and has proven to be extremely popular with patients south of the Yarra. Holmesglen offers a very broad range of services including a vast array of visiting specialists, a 24-hour emergency department and an intensive care unit. There is a first-class endoscopy unit which forms part of the operating theatre complex. Holmesglen is conveniently located only a few minutes drive from Brighton and Brighton East.

Dr Gupta performs gastroscopy and colonoscopy at Cabrini Hospital Malvern and also consults at the new Cabrini Specialist Centre in Hawthorn East are conveniently located just near Camberwell junction at Level 2, 141 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East. These brand new specialist consulting rooms are an outpost from Cabrini Hospital, which has their main hospital on Wattletree Road in Malvern.

We manage all aspects of gastroenterology, hepatology (liver problems) and pancreatico-biliary disease. He has an interest in bowel cancer screening via colonoscopy, and the diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease and dyspepsia in particular. Those with a family history of bowel cancer or a past history of colonic polyps are suitable patients. He takes a holistic approach and personalises his recommendations to each patient.