- Respiratory chest complaints
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Respiratory and chest complaints

 

The UrgentCare team will provide immediate examination, investigation and treatment for most respiratory or chest complaints.

 

At St Joseph’s we can perform blood tests, x-rays and specialist CT scans within the department and have immediate access to a network of senior private consultants who specialise in respiratory conditions or cardiology problems.  We can refer patients either on that day or within a few days depending on the urgency of the problem.

 

Hospital admission can be arranged without delay if required.

 

Respiratory complaints/chest complaints that we commonly treat:

 

  • pain on breathing/difficulty in breathing 
  • chest infection
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • non-cardiac chest pain

 

Assessment for chest and respiratory conditions involves:

 

  • thorough medical history and examination
  • electrocardiogram which traces the rhythm of the heart


Blood tests for chest and respiratory conditions include:

 

  • routine and complex/specific blood tests available


Diagnostic imaging for chest and respiratory conditions include:

 

  • chest x-ray
  • computerised tomography (CT)
  • treatment for chest and respiratory conditions include:
  • pain relief
  • specialist anticoagulation medication
  • administration of oxygen, inhalers and/or nebulisers as required
  • antibiotics


We can arrange specialist referral for short or long term follow-up and admission to hospital for continued treatment if necessary.

 

Please note in some emergency circumstances specialist cardiology treatment may not be available privately.

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