Towcester Medical Centre

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Spirometry Test Information

Spirometry is a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) which measures the volume and speed of air that can be inhaled and exhaled. Spirometry is a tool used in assessing conditions such as asthma, COPD cystic fibrosis and other lung disorders.

Before you attend a spirometry appointment with the Practice Nurse please read this information.

In order to obtain the best results from your spirometry test you should avoid:

  • smoking for 24 hours prior to test
  • consuming alcohol for 4 hours prior to test
  • vigorous exercise for 30 mins prior to test
  • eating a substantial meal for at least 2 hours prior to test
  • taking your reliever inhaler (blue or grey) for at least 2 hours prior to test
  • wearing clothing which restricts your chest movements

Please be aware that you need to allow ONE HOUR to complete your spirometry test as the nurse needs to undertake a series of checks over a period of time.  You will have an initial 30 minute consultation followed by a second 15 minute consultation with a break of 15 minutes between the first and second consultations.