Smoke clinic seeing respiratory patients in ‘days not months’

Consultations costs are capped at $70, no matter what the duration, says Professor Alvin Ing
Professor Alvin Ing
Professor Alvin Ing.

Respiratory doctors at a specialist bushfire smoke clinic in Sydney have been treating patients within days of referral, by taking them off months-long waiting lists for general respiratory appointments.

The Breathe Easy clinic opened at Macquarie University on 20 January, offering rapid-access appointments with respiratory physicians for patients with asthma or COPD exacerbated by the smoke haze.