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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy Services are offered at Groves Memorial Community Hospital from a Registered Respiratory Therapist for inpatients and outpatients of all ages Monday thru Friday.

A number of diagnostic tests are performed on an outpatient basis to diagnose and monitor the respiratory status of patients.

In order to have any outpatient tests done you do need a Physician referral for these procedures.

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFTs)

Pulmonary Function Tests are a group of breathing tests that help doctors see how well your lungs are working. The test is performed through a series of breathing exercises performed from a seated position.

Arterial blood Gases (ABGs)

This test determines the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide dissolved in the blood, as well as acid/base status provides information on how well the lungs and kidneys are functioning. It can also give information as to whether there is a problem in the body, like an infection, that is throwing off the acid/base balance in the body. If you are undergoing oxygen therapy, this test can help to see if the therapy is effective.

Spriometry Testing

Spirometry is the first and most commonly done lung function test. It measures how much and how quickly you can move air out of your lungs.

Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT)

The six-minute walk test is performance-based measure of functional exercise capacity. The test is most commonly used to measure exercise tolerance in chronic respiratory disease and heart failure. The six-minute walk test measures the distance an individual is able to walk over a total of minutes. The individual is allowed to self-pace and rest as needed as they walk back and forth along a marked walkway.

Air / Oxygen Exercise Challenge Test

This independent exercise assessment is used to qualify a person for home oxygen support for patients whose blood levels of oxygen at rest do not qualify them to receive home oxygen. During the test, a patient is walked while they use both air and oxygen. Oxygen saturation (amount of oxygen in your blood) is measured throughout the test using pulse oximetry. If it can be shown that the administration of oxygen enhances the patient’s exercise challenge, he or she will qualify for home oxygen support. Pulmonary Rehabililtation is an eight week program that includes education and exercises designed to help those

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabililtation is an eight week program that includes education and exercises designed to help those with lung disease function at their best. Adults who have a chronic lung disease such as COPD, Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary fibrosis can benefit from this program. Participants must be motivated to participate and must be able to commit to attending twice a week for eight weeks. Education and exercise sessions are held at Groves Memorial community Hospital in collaboration with the Family Health Team. For more information see our brochure by clicking here or call 519-843-2010 ext 3265.


Hours of Operation

Inpatient support is Monday thru Friday 8am-4pm

Outpatient Testing is Monday thru Friday 10am – 2pm. Testing is ½ hour to 1 hour in length depending on the test.

What to Bring

Please remember on the day of your appointment to bring your Health Card, requisition and a medication list. Please do not take any of your puffers the day of the test.

You are not required to exercise for any of the diagnostic tests therefore you don’t need to worry about wearing anything specific. Your appointment will be ½ hour to 1 hour in length depending on the test.

For more information or to book a appointment please call 519-843-2010 ext 3265.

Groves Memorial Community Hospital

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  • 235 Union Street East, Fergus, ON N1M 1W3
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