Jul 03
Dubbo Hospital first in area to offer lung procedure
Dubbo Hospital is the first hospital in the Western NSW Local Health District to perform a procedure which helps diagnose disorders affecting lymph nodes in lungs.

The Endobronchial Ultrasound is a procedure that uses a flexible camera with an ultrasound probe on the tip used for looking at the lymph nodes of the lung and then taking a sample of tissue.

Dr Charles Prabhakar recently completed a fellowship in interventional respiratory medicine, allowing Dubbo Hospital the opportunity to be able to provide this procedure locally. Dr Prabhakar completed the fellowship in interventional medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth to become an expert in Endobronchial Ultrasound and other advanced lung procedures.

Dr Prabhakar joins Dr Sugamya Mallawathantri as Dubbo Hospital’s second full time respiratory physician allowing access to a comprehensive local service in general and interventional respiratory care.

Dr Prabhakar said the procedure being available in Dubbo will assist patients who previously had to travel to Sydney.

“We estimate we will perform this procedure on ten patients per month once the service is fully up and running,” Dr Prabhakar said.

“Patients from Dubbo and the region would previously have been referred to a tertiary hospital in Sydney to have the procedure. Having this available in Dubbo will greatly assist/minimise travel for patients, and will allow patients from Western NSW access to receive a diagnoses for cancer and lung disease more quickly.”

“The Endobronchial Ultrasound scope allows us to see three to four centimetres outside the bronchus to gauge the size of the patient’s lymph nodes,” Dr Prabhakar said.

“The Endobronchial Ultrasound scope also allows us to take a biopsy for analysis so we can test for diseases and cancers. Having this procedure available in Dubbo means diagnosis can happen quicker than if patients travelled to Sydney to have this done.”

“Using this procedure, we can diagnose both malignant, such as lung cancer, breast cancer and lymphoma and non-malignant disorders of lymph nodes, for example Tuberculosis and dust diseases.”

Western NSW Local Health District and Dubbo Hospital purchased a new scope and processor machines which allow the procedure to be undertaken. This is a win for bringing ‘treatment close to home’ for the west of the state.

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Media enquiries: Kathy Connell, Director Communications & Engagement, Western NSW Local Health District via kathy.connell@health.nsw.gov.au​