What the service
A respiratory clinic is a clinic specialised in pulmonary health and medication and can help to diagnose and monitor lung function. The clinic offers a one-to-one session with a clinical pharmacist to assess the patient’s health status and ensure adequate use of inhalation therapy. This service is ideal for smokers, patients with asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and patients with breathing problems. These screening tests include Spirometry Testing and Pulse Oximetry Testing.
What is Spirometry?
Spirometry is the most common pulmonary function test. It measures lung function, specifically the amount (volume) and the speed (flow) of air that can be inhaled and exhaled. The test measures how much the bronchial tubes have narrowed. Spirometry is an effective tool to diagnose and manage different types of lung diseases such as asthma, COPD and other conditions that affect breathing. Spirometry is a non-invasive test. To take a spirometer test, the patient needs to sit, take a deep breath and forcefully exhale into a small machine called a spirometer.
Reasons for testing:
• To detect the presence or absence of lung disease (such as asthma, COPD, bronchitis, and emphysema).
• To determine the impact of smoking on lung function.
• To measure whether exposure to chemicals at work affects lung function.
• To quantify lung impairment.
• To check lung function before someone has surgery.
• To assess the effect of inhalation medication.
• To measure the progress in disease treatment.
This group of tests can be done at any Brown's Pharmacy by appointment.