Respiratory (lung)

What is lung disease?

The human respiratory system is the series of organs responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. The human body needs oxygen to sustain itself.

The primary organs of the respiratory system are lungs, which function to take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide as we breathe. 

How do we help children with lung disease?

The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Respiratory Services provides statewide clinical care to patients with acute respiratory and airway conditions and provides long-term management of patients with chronic conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic neonatal lung disease.

Both The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick provide multidisciplinary Cystic Fibrosis clinics that account for about half the respiratory departments’ outpatient visits. Hospital in the Home Services are  available to provide patients with cystic fibrosis with access to home IV Antibiotic Treatment. At The Children's Hospital at Westmead, a Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Centre is in operation to avoid hospitalisation by improving the timely assessment of Cystic Fibrosis patients who may require treatment as well as allowing closer monitoring of their condition. A similar service is provided by the Medical Day Unit at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

Respiratory Function Units provide assessment of lung function, utilising both simple and more complex techniques, skin prick allergy testing as well as exercise and other challenge testing.