Respiratory Therapy Services
The Respiratory Therapy department offers services to in-patients experiencing issues with their breathing in acute situations. We also offer services to out-patients to diagnose breathing disorders and to educate patients on management of their breathing condition. The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is located in the Main Level Outpatient clinic. If you are scheduled for a Pulmonary Function Test or other clinic visit you would enter the hospital through the Main Entrance and proceed to the Outpatient Clinics.
What is a Pulmonary Function Test?
A Pulmonary Function Test is a diagnostic tool used to determine if you have Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (C.O.P.D.) or other lung conditions, such as Pulmonary Fibrosis. A referral is required from your Primary Care Provider.The test requires you to sit in a booth similar to a telephone booth where multiple breathing tests are done to assess your lung function. The RRT will coach you through the test and will administer a medication, Ventolin, if your Primary Health Provider has ordered it as part of the test.
We request that you refrain from taking your breathing inhalers for at least 12 hours prior to testing and that if you smoke, please do not smoke or vape for at least 1 hour prior to the test. You will be mailed an instruction sheet with specific details and your appointment time.
Pulmonary Function Testing Equipment
Lung Health Website Links
Ontario Lung Association
Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
Smokers Help Line
Air Quality Ontario