Respiratory Services

​The Respiratory Department provides specialist care for a wide range of respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnoea and many other conditions. We provide specialist outpatient clinics, lung function and sleep tests, as well as inpatient care when needed. 

We are part of the Canterbury Clinical Network and work together with community providers to support people with respiratory illness.

If you would like more information on a specific respiratory condition please see 

To contact a specific area of Respiratory Services, call 03 364 0640​ and ask for the area you need or look for it under ​​​Hospital Services and Departments. ​

Key Respiratory Services Staff

Clinical Director​Dr Greg Frazer
Senior Medical Staff​

Dr Lutz Beckert

Dr Chris Drennan

Dr Michael Epton

Dr Michael Hlavac

Dr Richard Laing

Dr Christina McLachlan

Dr Bronwen Rhodes

Dr Rachel Wiseman

Dr Teurai Chikura

Dr Michael Maze

Dr Adrienne Edwards

Dr Mahmoud Alkhater​

Ward 25

Pip Crowther (Charge Nurse Manager)

Respiratory Laboratory​Dr Maureen Swanney (Scientific Director)​
Sleep Unit

Dr Michael Hlavac (Clinical Director)

Dr Paul Kelly (Team Leader)​

Cardio-Respiratory Integrated Specialist Services (CRISS)Maureen Trewin (Nurse Manager)​

Inpatient services - Ward 25

Ward 25 is situated on the second floor of the Riverside block, Christchurch Hospital, and provides inpatient care for people with respiratory and/or other medical conditions. Ward 25 has 27 inpatient beds including 5 single rooms. 

Ward 25 offers an environment which supports learning and professional development and has links with the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Otago University, and the Christchurch School of Medicine

The ward is also established as a Dedicated Education Unit, which provides an alternative model of teaching for nursing students on clinical placement.

Inpatient services Staff

Charge Nurse ManagerPip Crowther​
Ward Clerk Gaye Hamilton​


Sleep Unit

The Sleep Unit at Christchurch Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment for people with sleep disordered breathing and other sleep related conditions. The Sleep Unit has strong community links with general practices who can provide screening for some conditions. 

Sleep Unit Staff

Sleep Lab ManagerDr Paul Kelly
Clinical Physiologists

Luna Pablo

Rebecca Williamson

Belinda Miguel

Pratiksha Ramji

Jessica Langbridge

Michael Matula

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Sally Powell

Aleesa McKenzie


Lina Elliot

Linda Butler

Sleep Physicians

Michael Hlavac

Teurai Chikura

Chris Drennan


Cardio-Respiratory Integrated Specialist Services (CRISS)

A team of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Maori Health workers and others, provide expert care (both inpatient & outpatient) to people with a wide range of respiratory and cardiac conditions. The team's hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. 

These include:

  • Lung cancer.

  • Cystic fibrosis.

  • Sleep disorders.

  • Heart failure/PAH.

  • Infectious diseases.

The team can also see people who need:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation.

  • TB supervised treatment/directly observed therapy (DOT).

  • Maori Health Support in conjunction with a CNS.

  • Help with newly-received respiratory equipment, e.g., patients who are discharged from hospital with home oxygen.


Nurse Manager Maureen Trewin​
SecretaryAndrea M Thompson
Clinical PsychologistSandie Young
Oxygen CNS

Donna Thomson

Jenny McWha

Angela Stewart

Leanne McNeill (also TB)​

Lung Cancer CNSCatherine Smith​
Fleu​r Hille
Cystic Fibrosis CNSRobyn Baird
Sleep CNS

Sally Powell

Aleesa McKenzie​

Cardiac CNS

Julie Chirnside

Emma Reeves

Gill Sheppard

Cardiac Rehab CNSRuth Davison​
Sheryl Gregson​
Wendy Maginness
Maori Health WorkersMarilyn Farrell​
Puti Hanara​
Smoking Cessation Co-ordinatorSue Stevenson​

Contact details for CRISS (Cardio Respiratory Integrated Specialist Services) are avaible on the Christchurch Hospital webpage​​

Respiratory Physiology Laboratory

The respiratory lab offers a comprehensive range of respiratory function tests, and is accredited by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ).

Location: The Respiratory Physiology Laboratory is situated on the 4th floor of the Riverside building at Christchurch Hospital.

Hours: 8.00am to 4.30pm  Monday to Friday.

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Respiratory Laboratory Staff

Scientific DirectorDr Maureen Swanney​
Medical & Clinical DirectorDr Greg Frazer​
Administrative CoordinatorAmy
Respiratory Physiologists

Jun Yang

Emily Ingram

Andrew O'Reilly-Nugent 

Shewa Basharati 

Lauren Wallace 

Fiona Fulton  ​


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Page last reviewed: 12 July 2018