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Gladstone leads the way with bronchoscopies

20 December 2018

Gladstone Hospital is well on its way to becoming the respiratory service centre for CQ Health, with a new bronchoscopy service.

Gladstone’s Director of Medicine Dr Darren Bowles and Director of Anaesthetics Dr Tony Eidan completed the first bronchoscopies last week and were delighted with the results, with three patients having their procedure at Gladstone without having to travel to Brisbane.

The diagnostic procedure involves sedation and a fibre-optic scope being passed into the windpipe for inspection of the airways, also enabling collection of fluid and tissue samples in patients with chronic lung diseases, including suspected lung cancer cases.

Dr Bowles is an experienced bronchoscopist and is excited to start this new service in Gladstone.

“The Gladstone respiratory service is developing rapidly, and establishment of a bronchoscopy service is an important addition to this,” Dr Bowles said.

To ensure the service is sustainable, Dr Bowles will work with fellow respiratory physician Dr Sudhakar Koduri from Rockhampton Hospital, with the CQ bronchoscopy service based at Gladstone and supported by Dr Eidan who is a trained thoracic anaesthetist/intensivist. Dr Eidan provides intravenous sedation and respiratory support during the procedures.

Dr Bowles said the new bronchoscopy service has the support of the respiratory department at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, which as the regional tertiary respiratory service has kindly offered to provide their assistance where necessary.

Executive Director Gladstone and Banana Sandy Munro is thrilled with the extra services being provided at Gladstone Hospital.

“It is our aim to provide as many services available as close to home as possible, and thanks to Dr Bowles and Dr Eidan our patients will no longer have the expense, inconvenience or stress of having to travel to Brisbane for a bronchoscopy,” she said.

“We have been extremely successful with our recruitment of specialist doctors this year, and an added bonus for our patients is to have these specialists available locally with highly specific skills enabling the development of this new service.

“This is just one example of how we’re expanding our specialist services in Gladstone to care for our community, and I’m very proud of this achievement,” Ms Munro said.

Last updated: 11 January 2019

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