Dr Paul Dawkins - Respiratory Physician
Paul Dawkins is a respiratory physician providing a responsive, efficient and high quality respiratory service at the New Zealand Respiratory and Sleep Institute (NZRSI) in Greenlane and Pukekohe Family Health Care. He welcomes referrals in any area of respiratory medicine including sleep disordered breathing. He has access to full lung function, sleep investigation laboratories and bronchoscopy facilities.
Paul has particular interest in the areas of:
- mycobacterial disease
- lung cancer
- lung infections
- sleep disordered breathing.
Paul also works as a consultant respiratory physician at Middlemore Hospital and is an honorary senior lecturer in medicine at the University of Auckland.
Please contact during business hours, Monday to Friday, to arrange appointments. I consult on Friday afternoons at NZRSI in Greenlane and a monthly clinic at Pukekohe Family Health Care.
GP referrals are typically preferred, although I am happy to receive direct patient enquiries.
Please ensure you bring details of your current medications.
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
Sleep Disordered Breathing
These are conditions where the breathing is affected during sleep.… 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
Dr Dawkins is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society
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This page was last updated at 12:14PM on February 19, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Paul Dawkins - Respiratory Physician.