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Thoracic Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

The Department of Thoracic Medicine provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with acute and chronic respiratory problems, including pulmonary infection, interstitial lung diseases, occupational lung diseases, sleep disorders, pulmonary malignancy, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Facilities and services:

  • An acute respiratory failure service to provide non-invasive ventilation to certain categories of COPD patient.
  • Sophisticated pulmonary function studies, including body plethysmography, gas transfer measurement, exercise testing, measurement of chemical drives to ventilation and bronchial reactivity.
  • Comprehensive sleep monitoring services, including multiple sleep latency testing.
  • A sophisticated fiberoptic bronchoscopic service is available, including early diagnosis of lung cancer by autofluorescence and endobronchial ultrasound techniques.
  • The department offers procedures such as pleural biopsy, intercostal drain placement and pleurodesis.
  • There is close liaison with the Division of Cancer Care Services and the Department of Thoracic Surgery for the management of pulmonary malignancy.
  • Educational and support services are available for patients with respiratory sleep disorders, asthma, COPD and specialised equipment such as oxygen delivery systems and non-invasive ventilation.

Level 3
Dr James Mayne Building
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Telephone: (07) 3646 7631
Facsimile:   (07) 3646 5651
(with the subject "Thoracic Medicine")

Last updated: 30 June 2010