The respiratory physiology department has a dedicated team of physiologists who work to support consultants and clinical teams across the hospital.

Patients are referred to the team from the thoracic, theatres, transplant, and research and development departments. As a regional centre, the respiratory physiology department also provides an outpatient service for advanced test referrals from other hospitals in the area. Patients can expect to receive high-quality tests in a supportive, professional environment.

The clinical tests offered by the respiratory physiology department can be divided into three main groups:


Full Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs):
  • Spirometry
  • Gas transfer        
  • Static lung volume
Reversibility studies
Pulse oximetry
Nasal and exhaled nitric oxide studies
Field Exercise
Six-Minute Walk Test
Incremental Shuttle Walking Test
Advanced Diagnostics
Airway resistance measurement
Bronchial Challenge Test (mannitol/histamine)
Capillary blood gas measurement
Cardio-Pulmonary Exercise Test
Hypoxic Challenge Test (Flight Assessment)
Oesophageal Manometry, 24-hour pH and Impedance pH studies
Impulse oscillometry
Respiratory muscle assessment
Skin Prick Test (allergy)
Sweat Test