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Frequently asked questions....    ​FAQ's

We acknowledge that there are often some questions that people have regarding their upcoming visit to a health care provider, so we have tried to anticipate some of the common things that people have asked in the past.

Do I need to bring anything?

Make sure you bring any chest x-rays or CT scans you have had in the past to your appointment with Dr Rob Nickels.

If you use inhalers for your breathing, please bring them to your appointment. Also, don't forget to bring your current referral with you. ​

How long will my appointment take?

Your appointment time can vary and will depend on whether or not you have a lung function test prior to seeing Dr Nickels. 

A Complex Lung Function Test usually takes 30 minutes whereas the more involved tests (such as Mannitol Challenge, MIPs and MEPS and HAST) can take up to an hour.

I'm only breathless when I exercise. Will I have to exercise?

No. We do all the Lung Function Tests while you are sitting or standing and they will show exactly how your lungs are working. The results may give a good indication of why you are getting breathless when exercising.

Could I feel unwell during the test?

You might feel a little more breathless than normal. The tests may also make you cough and feel a bit dizzy for a few seconds. These symptoms are quite normal and should disappear soon after you finish each test.

What happens when the test is finished?

As long as you feel well, you can go home. There are no lasting side effects from the test. You should be able to resume your normal routine immediately.

What are the costs?

Please contact Dr Nickels' specialist rooms and we will gladly give you a current estimate of our fees. We have the ability to claim the Medicare rebate electronically at the time of your consultation if you have your bank details registered with Medicare.