Dr Jai Sood: Respiratory Physician
- Chronic cough
- Unexplained breathlessness
- Airways disease including asthma, COPD and bronchiectasis
- Suspected lung cancer
- Asbestosis and other occupational lung diseases
- Interstitial lung diseases
- Immigration medicals
- Police medical assessments
- Diving medical assessment
- Fibreoptic bronchoscopy
- Endo-bronchial ultrasound (EBUS) needle biopsy for staging of lung cancer
- Patients requiring spirometry
- To arrange formal lung function test, cardiopulmonary exercise tests and bronchio-provocation tests (hypertonic saline challange)
- Initial evaluation of sleep disorders.
Your GP will refer you to us if they are concerned about your lungs or breathing and require a specialist opinion.
Recommendations and options regarding your diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed with you and a letter will be sent to your GP.
You need to bring to your appointment:
1. Any letters or reports from your doctor or another hospital
2. Any X-rays, CT (computer tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) films or CD disk and reports.
3. A list of all medicines you are currently taking, including herbal and natural remedies.
Urgent referrals with suspected lung cancer can been discussed directly with Dr Sood by ringing the receptionst on (09) 441 2750
- immigration letter asking you to see a pulmonary specialist
- all your X-rays films or CD
- if English is not your first language, please bring someone who can speak on your behalf
Common Conditions / 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
Diving Medical Assessments
Please contact the practice to learn more about Diving Medical Assessments. More
Anyone wishing to permanently live and work in New Zealand needs to pass an immigration medical.… More
- Epworth Sleepiness Score (PDF, 22.3 KB)
- Good Sleep Habits (PDF, 18.6 KB)
- Bronchoscopy (PDF, 204.5 KB)
- Asbestosis (PDF, 112.9 KB)
- Bronchiectasis (PDF, 212.6 KB)
- Hyperventilation Syndrome (PDF, 68.2 KB)
- Lung Cancer (PDF, 108 KB)
- Information Leaflet on OSA (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Sleep Questionnaire (PDF, 69.7 KB)
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This page was last updated at 11:21AM on January 17, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Jai Sood: Respiratory Physician.