Patient Spirometry Information

Pre- Spirometry Information

A spirometer is a test that measures the speed you breathe and amount you breathe out. You will be asked to blow out as much as you can through a mouthpiece connected to the Spirometry machine. To make sure that this is suitable for you, please inform the Practice Nurse or Healthcare assistant if you have had any of the following:


    • A heart attack or stroke in the last 3 month
    • Any operations in the last 3 months
    • Ear infection
    • Uncontrolled Angina/High blood pressur
    • A collapsed lung in the last 3 months
    • Coughing up blood in the last 3 month
    • Aneurysm
    • Pregnancy
    • Chest infection in the last 6 weeks

The test can take approximately 30 – 45 minutes. Please wear loose, comfortable clothes.


Before the test you should:

    • not have smoked for 24 hours, or for as long as you can
    • not have had a heavy meal in the last 2 hour
    • avoid exercise for 30 minutes before the test, so please arrive early if you need to get your breath bac
    • avoid consuming alcohol for 4 hour
    • remove loose fitting dentures

If you use inhalers please DO NOT:

    • use your reliever for 6 hours (usually blue
    • use a long acting bronchodilator for 12 hours (this includes Seretide, Symbicort & Fostair
    • use Theophylline tablets for 24 hour
    • Long acting Tiotropium (Spiriva) for 24 hours

The test may involve:

Reversibility Test – this involves using the spirometer then inhaling medication and waiting 20 minutes before repeating the test. The medication is used to open up your airways and help make a diagnosis. The test helps us to make the right diagnosis and find the right medication for you.

For your convenience please empty your bladder prior to the test.

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