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Thoracic Medicine

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Sleep Medicine

Latest News

TSGQ registered nurse and polysomnographic technician Travis Bell joined 612 ABC radio presenter Kelly Higgins-Devine to discuss sleep disorders on 2nd February 2015.

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Scientists have found that that activation of cholinergic neurons - those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine -- in two brain stem structures can induce REM sleep in an animal model. Better understanding of mechanisms that control different sleep states is essential to improved treatment of sleep disorders.

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Going to bed early could help individuals avoid repetitive negative thinking, according to a recent study. According to the authors, repetitive negative thinking is "defined as an abstract, perseverative, negative focus on one's problems and experiences that is difficult to control."

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In a recent US study results indicated that poor sleep may be an early warning sign for addictive and “regretful” behaviour; such as alcohol problems, illicit drug abuse and sexual behaviour. US researchers reviewed the sleep patterns of 6500 adolescents in combination with drug and alcohol habits, between 1994 and 2002.

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Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have discovered a link between sleep loss and cell injury. Results of a new study find sleep deprivation causes the damage to cells, especially in the liver, lung, and small intestine. Recovery sleep following deprivation heals the damage.

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New research confirms that sleep disturbances are linked to pain and depression, but not disability, among patients with osteoarthritis (OA).  Results from a new study found that poor sleep increases depression and disability, but does not worsen pain over time.

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Thoracic Services

Outpatient Clinics

Thoracic Services

Brisbane : The Wesley Hospital
Sunshine Coast : Selangor Private Hospital
Toowoomba : Medici Medical Centre



Please contact us for more information on our Outpatient Clinics.

Inpatient Services, The Wesley Hospital

The Wesley Hospital

Inpatient tertiary level care is available for patients with complex thoracic medical disorders, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung disorders (emphysema, bronchiectasis), asthma, plus acute care. Patients are admitted via The Wesley Hospital Emergency Centre (WEC).

The Wesley Hospital is the largest private hospital in Queensland. With 430 in-patient beds, the Hospital offers the state's most comprehensive range of private medical facilities. These include the specialties of cardiovascular, neurosurgery, orthopaedics and women’s health. These services are supported by a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, cardiac catheter theatres, 24-hour emergency, renal dialysis, radiology (MRI, spinal CT, PET scanning and nuclear medicine), radiation therapy, pathology, pharmacy services, IVF, haematology and oncology, hyperbaric medicine and neurovascular interventional services.

Bronchoscopy Services

Bronchoscopy evaluation is a technique of visualizing the inside of the airways for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. These are performed in The Wesley Hospital Endoscopy Unit.

As procedural thoracic physicians Dr Andrew Scott and Dr John Feenstra have a very high level of experience in this area.

Bronchoscopy information

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory

Bulk billed lung function testing, including:

The Wesley Lung Function Laboratory
  • Spirometry
  • Complicated lung function test (Spirometry, CO transfer and lung volumes)
  • Bronchial provocation testing (Mannitol)
  • 6-minute walk testing
  • Allergen skin testing
  • Lung volume and diffusion analysis
  • High altitude simulation testing
  • Fractional expired NO (FeNO) assessments.* 
  • Cardio-pulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Same day appointment, same day results
  • Our specialist physicians make interpretive comments on every report

*FeNO represents the latest technology in assessing airway inflammation, assisting with optimal management.

The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme

'Breathwise', a pulmonary rehabilitation programme based at The Wesley Hospital, focuses on a multi-disciplinary outpatient programme for patients with chronic lung disease, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Find more information on the pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

The Wesley Pulmonary Hypertension Unit

The Wesley Hospital is now a designated Australian treatment centre for Pulmonary Hypertension (PH).

Developed by TSGQ Directors Dr Feenstra and Dr Scott, with Dr David Cross of 'Heartcare Partners', this unit provides optimal care for patients with pulmonary hypertension. Our unit has Federal Government funding for medications including parenteral, inhaled and oral vasoactive agents that act as pulmonary vasodilators to treat this condition. Monotherapy or combination therapy are trialled under the supervision of our treating physicians. For more information on the pulmonary hypertension unit,  Currently the only private hospital facility in Queensland providing this service, and actively involved in international trials.

The Wesley Asbestos Research Group

Unique in Queensland, this research Group seeks to facilitate research and raise awareness of asbestosis and asbestos-related diseases both to the medical fraternity and the general community, with the aims of improving treatment and enhancing the quality of life of those affected. For general information on The Wesley Asbestos Research group.  More information on The Wesley Asbestos Research Group is available from The Wesley Research Institute.

The Wesley Lung Research Centre

In conjunction with local, national and international research centres we are currently enrolling patients in lung research, including COPD, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer and asthma. For more information please contact us

Educational Services

GP education evenings. Available on request.
Nursing and allied health education
Medical student training : University of Queesland, Griffith University, Bond University Active participation in national and international conferences

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