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What is a Spirometry test?

A Spirometry test checks your lung function and breathing ability. It is usually part of your annual review for any long-term conditions that affect your breathing (COPD, asthma etc). It will help when planning future treatment.

Your GP may also ask for a Spirometry test when diagnosing a condition affecting your breathing.

What do I need to do?

If you have been invited for a Spirometry test, please follow the below instructions:

  1. If you are unwell or your breathing is not controlled, the test cannot go ahead. Please call the surgery to cancel your appointment and we can rearrange when you are feeling better.
  2. Please do not use your inhalers on the morning of your test. However, if you need to use them for breathing problems, please do so and call to rearrange your appointment.
  3. Please do not smoke the morning of your test. This can affect your results.
  4. Please do not eat for at least an hour before your test. You can drink fluids (except alcohol) as normal.
  5. Please wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes. You will be asked to breathe deeply for the test so any clothing that restricts this will affect the results.
  6. Please bring your blue inhaler with you, if you use one.

The test can take up to 30-45 minutes so please allow time for this. The test will not cause you any pain.

If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the surgery and we will be able to answer any questions you may have.

For further information, please visit the NHS Choices website.