Thoracic medicine

Our thoracic specialists diagnose and treat a wide range of lung problems

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of thoracic medicine related services, for details of the thoracic medicine services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.


Many of Australia’s leading thoracic medicine specialists practice here

Our thoracic medicine specialists investigate and treat diseases of the lungs including unstable asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema) and pneumonia.

We also help people with problems related to sleep, including sleep apnoea, insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Our thoracic medicine specialists

Our thoracic physicians provide diagnostic and therapeutic services for people with acute and chronic respiratory problems.

They test, diagnose and treat: Pulmonary infection, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, interstitial lung diseases, occupational lung diseases, sleep disorders, lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Our thoracic medicine services

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

Assessment of lung function including:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Pleural aspiration
  • Fine needle lung biopsy
  • Assessment for lung transplantation and lung volume reduction surgery

Investigations including: 

  • Allergy skin tests and investigation of food intolerance
  • assessment of lung cancer
  • testing for sleep apnoea

Treatment of sleep disorders including: 

  • Sleep testing
  • Adjustment of sleep apnoea machine pressures
  • Non-invasive ventilation for respiratory disorders and respiratory failure in sleep
  • Sleep latency/vigilance testing
  • Investigation of narcolepsy
  • Paediatric sleep disorders and insomnia

Bronchoscopy

If you have a persistent cough, a lung infection or an X-ray result that requires follow-up, your specialist may recommend a bronchoscopy as the next step.

With a bronchoscopy, your specialist can take samples of mucus and tissue from inside your lungs for testing. It can also be used to place a small tube, called a ‘stent’ to hold open an airway.

The procedure involves putting a thin tube down your throat and into your trachea (breathing tube). The tube has a light and camera on the tip, as well as a device for taking biopsy samples.

You’ll be given light sedation for the procedure, so you may well fall asleep.

The results of any biopsy will normally be available in a few days.

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Disclaimer

This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

Find a hospital near you offering thoracic medicine

At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, we are especially committed to delivering excellent care, pursuing cutting-edge research and embracing new and emerging technologies and therapeutics to ensure we remain at the forefront of medicine in Australia, as well as abroad.

We have specially trained health professionals that deliver high quality services in thoracic medicine.

Your GP can refer you to one of our thoracic medicine specialists.


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We are an exclusively private 310 bed acute care facility, providing a wide range of specialised and general medical and surgical services, as well as a young adult inpatient and outpatient mental health service, ‘USpace’, caring for the mental health needs of those aged 16 to 30.
 
On site we have 16 operating theatres including a state-of-the-art hybrid theatre, lithotripsy procedure room and cardiac catheter laboratory. Our operating theatres and surgeons are supported by a 12-bed intensive care unit, post anaesthetic care unit, 4 bed post stroke unit and world leading central sterilising department.

We work in partnership with our patients and their families to take a compassionate and holistic approach to healthcare. Our experienced team of clinical professionals, care givers and support staff are equipped to provide the highest level of therapeutic, medical and surgical services. We work together to ensure your safety, wellbeing and recovery.

We aim to continually push the boundaries of healthcare and improve patient outcomes.

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For over 100 years, St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne has excelled in the delivery of high quality patient care. We work in partnership with our patients and their families to take a compassionate and holistic approach to healthcare.
 
Our experienced team of clinical professionals, care givers and support staff are equipped to provide the highest level of therapeutic, medical and surgical services. We work together to ensure your safety, wellbeing and recovery.
 
Your GP can refer you to one of our thoracic medicine specialists.

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The Mater Hospital is a leading private hospital renowned for its quality care and compassion. We take a holistic approach to healthcare and acknowledge the uniqueness of every patient to create a healing environment that is second to none.
 
For over 105 years we have worked in partnership with our patients and their families. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals, care givers and support staff are equipped to provide the highest level of therapeutic, medical and surgical services. We work together to ensure your safety, wellbeing and recovery.

Our areas of clinical interest include:
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chronic lung diseases
  • Complex general medicine
  • Chronic cough
  • Sleep disorders

Your GP can refer you to one of our thoracic medicine specialists.