Alex Chapman - Respiratory Physician
Dr Alex Chapman is an experienced respiratory and general physician with a wealth of experience from the UK and NZ. He has Southern Cross Affiliation but welcomes referrals from all sources.
Alex has a wide experience in the field of general respiratory medicine, including difficult asthma, smoking related disorders, respiratory infection, cancer, interstitial and occupational lung disease. He has always retained his general acute medical expertise throughout a busy career within hospital medicine.
His interest lies in difficult diagnosis and interventional procedure including; thoracic ultrasound, bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound guided techniques and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.
He welcomes referrals of unexplained breathlessness or cough.
Alex currently runs his private consultations from Shore Surgery, Milford.
"Of paramount importance is my interest in people. A patient orientated approach has always guided my management decisions."
Alex specialises in:
COPD and smoking related disorders
mesothelioma and occupational lung disease
cardiopulmonary exercise physiology.
We advise GP recommended referrals but self referrals are also welcome.If you have any change in your condition before you come to your appointment, please see your GP immediately.
Procedures / Treatments
Asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest and trouble breathing.… More
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
This term is used to describe lung disease where the breathing tubes become blocked and the surrounding tissue and air sacs inside the lungs become damaged.… More
This is when abnormal malignant cells divide and grow in an uncontrolled fashion in the lung tissue.… More
Lung Function Tests
You may be advised to take lung function tests to find out how much air moves in and out as you breathe.… More
Spirometry is a test which measures the speed at which your lungs can be filled and emptied of air. It can be used to diagnose problems of breathing and monitor the usefulness of treatment.… More
Peak Flow Meter
This is a small hand-held tube that can measure what is happening in your breathing tubes. You can have one at home and measure your peak flow by blowing into it as hard and fast as possible. You will be shown how to measure it and compare it with what… More
Blood Gas Tests
This is similar to a blood test but instead of a needle going into a vein it is inserted briefly into a small artery in your wrist. A small amount of blood is taken and sent to the laboratory for information about the oxygenation of your blood and other gases.… More
A chest X-ray is normally undertaken to check the chest wall, lungs and heart.… More
Computer Tomography (CT) Scan
With CT you can see much more detail than with a normal X-ray.… More
Fine Needle Aspirate
Depending on what is seen on the CT scan an additional test can be done where a fine needle is inserted into your chest into the cancer and some cells sucked up into the needle. This is done while taking pictures with the CT scanner to guide the doctor as… More
During this test a thin fibreoptic tube is inserted into your breathing tubes, through the nose, to view the tubes and take a biopsy (remove cells or tissue) to see if there are cancer cells present.… More
Alex is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for consultations under the Respiratory & sleep medicine (Lung function tests & sleep studies) category.
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This page was last updated at 10:48AM on February 5, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Alex Chapman - Respiratory Physician.