Single spirometry testing

you will have a single spirometry test as part of a COPD annual review or as part of your ongoing respiratory monitoring.

Please use your salbutamol (blue) inhaler 30minutes before your spirometry test.

If you are unsure please contact the surgery as if you do not follow these instructions you may have to re-book your test.


Reversible spirometry testing

A reversible spirometry is a breathing test which allows the GP or Nurse to establish the efficiency of your lungs at present.   In order to obtain an accurate reading it is essential that you avoid certain things prior to this test. This includes:

  • Using your Salbutamol/Terbutaline for at least 4 hours prior to the test.
  • Using your Salmeterol/Formoterol for at least 12 hours prior to the test.
  • Taking either Theophylline or Tiotropium in the 24 hours before the test.
  • Smoking for 24 hours prior to the test.
  • Consuming alcohol for at least 4 hours prior to the test.
  • Vigorous exercise for at least 30 minutes prior to the test.
  • Wearing tight clothes that might restrict your ability to breathe in or out deeply with ease.
  • Eating a substantial meal for at least 2 hours prior to the test.

Recommendations of British Thoracic Society and the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology