​Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

About Us

The Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine (DRSM) is a comprehensive tertiary hospital unit. The service includes direct and consultative inpatient care, clinic services, and active involvement in the Respiratory Stream across the Hunter New England Health.

The Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine has 16 inpatient beds on ward F2 and provides clinic services for:

  • ​​Rapid Access Clinic (RAC)
  • Adapt Clinic
  • Difficult Airways Clinic (DAC)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Services
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
  • Newcastle Sleep Disorders Centre
  • Tuberculosis Services
  • Pulmonary Function Laboratory
  • Clinical research laboratory
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Non-Invasive Vents.

​The department also conducts a lung cancer clinic at the Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital as part of the Hunter Lung Cancer Service and outreach clinics in other parts of the Local Health District including Cessnock, Muswellbrook, Maitland, Moree and Narrabri. 

The Newcastle Sleep Disorders Centre (NSDC) is a diagnostic laboratory established to investigate sleep related breathing disorders such as sleep apnoea. The NSDC primarily operates on an outpatient basis but also conducts overnight sleep studies and for non-acute non-invasive ventilation. 

The Pulmonary Function Laboratory is located in the Diagnostic Centre at John Hunter Hospital. The lab performs a wide range of routine and complex respiratory function testing including:

  • ​Spirometry
  • Lung volumes
  • Gas transfer
  • Bronchial provocation testing
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Overnight oximetry monitoring
  • Altitude simulation testing.


Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine 
Level 2 and Ward F2
John Hunter Hospital