Spirometry invite letter

Dear Patient,

You have been advised to attend a spirometry appointment. Spirometry can be used to help diagnose a lung condition if you have symptoms, or if your clinician feels you’re at an increased risk of developing a particular lung condition. Conditions that can be picked up and monitored using spirometry include:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis

Spirometry is a simple test used to help diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions, by measuring how much air you can breathe out in in one forced breath. It is carried out using a device called a spirometer which is a machine that you blow into.

To arrange your Spirometry appointment, you can email at any time Chris.modak@nhs.net. Appointments last for 1hr and available  each day of the week except Wednesday.

You also call our reception team using 01784 420700.

Preparing for the test

You’ll be told by your clinician how to prepare for the test and please make sure that if you have been using any inhalers, to bring these to your appointment. You should also avoid smoking for 24 hours before taking the test and avoid alcohol intake, strenuous exercise and eating large meals for a few hours beforehand. It is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of the test.

Your results

You won’t usually be able to receive your results immediately after your test. The results will need to be looked at by a specialist first and will then send these to your clinician, who will then follow up with you regarding these results.

Side effects

Spirometry is a straight forward test. However some people may feel dizzy, faint or shaky, sick or tired for a short period afterwards.

Many thanks

Studholme Medical Centre

Download a leaflet for further information on Spirometry and your appointment.

Date published: 22nd December, 2023
Date last updated: 22nd December, 2023