Hospitals & 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
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
Pip Crowther (Charge Nurse Manager)
Dr Michael Hlavac (Clinical Director)
Dr Paul Kelly (Team Leader)
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.
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.
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.
The team can also see people who need:
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.
Leanne McNeill (also TB)
Contact details for CRISS (Cardio Respiratory Integrated Specialist Services) are avaible on the Christchurch Hospital webpage
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.