Dr Collins is available for inpatient and outpatient consultations for all aspects of malignant and non-malignant haematology. He is credentialled at St Andrew's Private Hospital, St Vincent's Private Hospital and the Toowoomba Hospice.
Telehealth may be available for patients in eligible areas. Generally this will be provided in conjunction with the patient's GP surgery or local health facility. Please note, not all haematological issues are able to be managed by telehealth. Generally most initial consultations require a face to face review. Please enquire further with our reception staff.
BMAT is typically performed for the diagnosis of unexplained full blood count abnormalities, and for the staging of lymphomas.
The procedure is offered as a day procedure under anaesthetist lead procedural sedation. Patients are admitted as day patients for procedural sedation. Uninsured patients will incur a hospital fee. Dr Collins has a no gap with most health funds for insured patients. Patients must be fasted, and cannot drive for 24h after procedural sedation.
Alternatively, the procedure is offered in the outpatient rooms of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (St Andrew's Toowoomba). Local anaesthetic is given to all patients, making the procedure quite tolerable. Additionally, patients can receive a penthrox inhaler (i.e. "Green whistle") for the procedure to alleviate any discomfort during the procedure. Note patients may purchase the penthrox on a private prescription from their pharmacy pre-procedure
Lumbar puncture is utilised for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in many haematological malignancies, and a number of other medical conditions.
Local anaesthetic, and a very fine needle is used in modern lumbar puncture procedure. This makes the procedure exceptionally well tolerated. Dr Collins is happy to receive referrals to perform LPs for diagnostic purposes for all indications.