Northland DHB Respiratory
Common symptoms of lung disease include: shortness of breath, wheezing, long-term cough, coughing up blood, and having chest pains. A lot of different conditions are seen in the Department for instance asthma, COPD, fibrosis of the lungs, lung cancer, pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs), lung disease caused by work, and numerous uncommon disorders.
The Respiratory Department
The Department is staffed by respiratory physicians (doctors who specialise in treating conditions of the lungs), specially trained nurses, technicians, physiotherapists, and registrars (doctors training to be specialists).
|Alma Quirey||Clinical Nurse Specialist - Lung Cancer|
Stephanie Fox, Jesse Ginn, Dianne McLeod,
|Clinical Nurse Specialists - Medical Outreach|
|Catherine Corble||Clinical Lead Physiologist Sleep/Respiratory|
|Gavin Starling||Clinical Sleep Physiologist|
|Scott Hay||Clinical Respiratory/Sleep Physiologist|
Outpatient Clinics and Procedures
Your GP will refer you to one of our clinics if they are concerned about your lungs or breathing and want a specialist opinion. The referral is prioritised depending on urgency, with waiting times of 2 weeks to 6 months.
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 and reports
3. all medicines you are currently taking, including herbal and natural remedies
4. your pharmaceutical entitlement card.
If you have any change in your condition before you come to your appointment, please see your GP immediately.
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
How to Best Manage Your COPD
1. It is vital that you don’t smoke and others don’t smoke around you.… More
Free Flu Vaccination
Having the annual flu vaccine is very important if you have lung or breathing problems such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).… More
Free Home Insulation
If you have serious lung problems having a “healthy“ home is very important to keep you well.… 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
This service mainly focuses on the investigation and management of severe daytime sleepiness, also known as Sleep Apnoea.… More
Patient Sleep Questionnaire
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Click on the above link to download the questionnaire you need to fill out prior to having a sleep study at the hospital.
0800 000 177
Fax (09) 430 4115 during working hours; (09) 430 4132 after hours
Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 430 4100
2 Hospital Road
2 Hospital Road
Private Bag 9742
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This page was last updated at 12:31PM on October 1, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Respiratory.