Private Full Lung Function Test

Pulmonary function test

A breathing test that measures how well your lungs are working

What is lung function test for?

A lung function test measures how well your lungs are functioning.

Your consultant may request this test to check:

  • if you have lung any lung capacity problems
  • to diagnose lung disease
  • measure the severity of lung disease
  • to see if medication will improve your breathing
  • to test your lung function before a medical procedure

Need to know

  • What happens during a lung function test? icon plus

    You will be asked to sit down and breathe into a machine through a mouthpiece. A nose clip will be used to seal your nose. Your consultant will then test three different things. First they will ask you to blow air out of your lungs as quickly and for as long as you can to check the speed at which you can breathe out. You will then need to breathe in until you feel full and hold your breath.

    This checks how well oxygen travels through your lungs into your blood. Lastly you will need to sit in a sealed, clear box so your consultant can check the volume of air in your lungs. Changes in pressure inside the box help to determine your lung volume.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    You should allow one hour for your test and bring along a list of medications that you are taking. You should avoid eating a heavy meal, drinking alcohol, exercise and smoking directly before your test. Wear loose-fitting clothing that do not restrict your breathing.
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    You will be able to go home and carry on with your day as normal. You will need to book a follow-up appointment with your consultant to go through the results.

Our respiratory consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Your lung function test will usually take place in a respiratory laboratory with a respiratory physiologist.

Our locations in London

From complex thoracic surgery to diagnostic tests and minor procedures, we provide exceptional respiratory and lung care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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Book an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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