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Dr Paul Dawkins - Respiratory Physician

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Paul Dawkins is a respiratory physician providing a responsive, efficient and high quality respiratory service at the New Zealand Respiratory and Sleep Institute (NZRSI) in Greenlane and Pukekohe Family Health Care. He welcomes referrals in any area of respiratory medicine including sleep disordered breathing. He has access to full lung function, sleep investigation laboratories and bronchoscopy facilities.

Paul has particular interest in the areas of:

  • COPD
  • bronchiectasis
  • mycobacterial disease
  • lung cancer
  • lung infections
  • sleep disordered breathing.

Paul also works as a consultant respiratory physician at Middlemore Hospital and is an honorary senior lecturer in medicine at the University of Auckland.

What is Respiratory Medicine?
Respiratory medicine is the branch of medicine that treats people with diseases affecting the lungs and breathing.
The role of our lungs is to deliver oxygen into our bloodstream and remove carbon dioxide.  When you breathe in, air passes through the throat into the windpipe (trachea). The base of the windpipe divides into the right and left tubes (bronchi) which divide again and again each time getting smaller and smaller until the smallest airways called the alveoli are reached. The alveoli act like balloons i.e. when you breathe in they inflate and when you breathe out they relax.
Oxygen moves across the walls of the alveoli and enters the bloodstream and is carried to the rest of the body after passing through the heart. Carbon dioxide is passed from the blood into the alveoli and is breathed out of the lungs.
Common symptoms or signs of lung disease include: shortness of breath, wheezing, long-term cough, coughing up blood, and having chest pains.


Referral Expectations

GP referrals are typically preferred, although I am happy to receive direct patient enquiries.

Please ensure you bring details of your current medications.


Dr Dawkins is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society


Please contact during business hours, Monday to Friday, to arrange appointments. I consult on Friday afternoons at NZRSI in Greenlane and a monthly clinic at Pukekohe Family Health Care.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Asthma

    Asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest and trouble breathing.… More

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    This term is used to describe lung disease where the breathing tubes become blocked and the surrounding tissue and air sacs inside the lungs become damaged.… More

  • Sleep Disordered Breathing

    These are conditions where the breathing is affected during sleep.… More

  • Lung Cancer

    This is when abnormal malignant cells divide and grow in an uncontrolled fashion in the lung tissue.… More

  • Lung Function Tests

    You may be advised to take lung function tests to find out how much air moves in and out as you breathe.… More

  • Spirometers

    Spirometry is a test which measures the speed at which your lungs can be filled and emptied of air.  It can be used to diagnose problems of breathing and monitor the usefulness of treatment.… More

  • Peak Flow Meter

    This is a small hand-held tube that can measure what is happening in your breathing tubes.  You can have one at home and measure your peak flow by blowing into it as hard and fast as possible.  You will be shown how to measure it and compare it with what… More

  • Blood Gas Tests

    This is similar to a blood test but instead of a needle going into a vein it is inserted briefly into a small artery in your wrist.  A small amount of blood is taken and sent to the laboratory for information about the oxygenation of your blood and other gases.… More

  • Chest X-ray

    A chest X-ray is normally undertaken to check the chest wall, lungs and heart.… More

  • Computer Tomography (CT) Scan

    With CT you can see much more detail than with a normal X-ray.… More

  • Fine Needle Aspirate

    Depending on what is seen on the CT scan an additional test can be done where a fine needle is inserted into your chest into the cancer and some cells sucked up into the needle.  This is done while taking pictures with the CT scanner to guide the doctor as… More

  • Bronchoscopy

    During this test a thin fibreoptic tube is inserted into your breathing tubes, through the nose, to view the tubes and take a biopsy (remove cells or tissue) to see if there are cancer cells present.… More

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Contact Details

New Zealand Respiratory and Sleep Institute (NZRSI)
95/93-95 Ascot Ave
Auckland 1051

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New Zealand Respiratory and Sleep Institute (NZRSI)
95/93-95 Ascot Ave
Auckland 1051

Postal Address

PO Box 109-409,
Auckland 1149

This page was last updated at 5:37PM on September 6, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Paul Dawkins - Respiratory Physician.