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Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

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The Department of Respiratory & Sleep Physiology performs lung function, exercise tests, gastro investigations and sleep studies in paediatric patients in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.

Our two departments interlink to provide a broad understanding of patients who primarily have respiratory problems, and require input from a specialist respiratory team. We currently have nine qualified respiratory/sleep physiologists, one trainee clinical scientist and one assistant physiologist. The broader multidisciplinary team consists of respiratory consultants, specialist nurses, physiotherapists and dieticians.

The use of objective physiological testing is invaluable to medical staff when making important decisions about patient care, diagnosis and treatment.  We aim to use the most robust, peer reviewed guidelines to provide a high class service to children and young people. 

What is a respiratory and sleep physiologist?

Respiratory & sleep physiologists are healthcare scientists who specialise in the assessment of the human respiratory system. They perform diagnostic investigations to evaluate the function of the heart and lungs. They also evaluate breathing whilst patients are asleep in order to diagnose sleep-disordered breathing conditions.

Being referred to the department

Referrals come into our service from a variety of specialties within RHC as well as other paediatric centres in the West of Scotland and beyond. A large number of our patients are referred from respiratory but several other departments such as ENT, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Cardio-thoracic, Neurology, Neonatology, Physiotherapy and Haematology utilise our service.

Typical patients who attend for lung function & exercise testing would be Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia and Bronchiectasis. A sleep investigation will diagnose if the patient has obstructive sleep apnoea or a central sleep breathing problem. We also study patients who are in home oxygen and those who are on nocturnal non-invasive ventilation as well as patients who have tracheostomies and use long-term ventilation.

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