Respiratory Laboratories perform specialist lung tests for patients across the North West and beyond.

The results we provide give concise and targeted information which doctors, and other health practitioners can then utilise to manage a patient's condition.

The department provides Spirometry services, which is a simple test used to help diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions by measuring how much air you can breathe out in one forced breath. Spirometry services are available at Waterloo Health Centre, Netherton Health Centre, Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing.

  • Spirometry
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • End tidal CO2
  • FeNo Testing
  • Cardio-pulmonary exercise testing 
  • Six-minute walk testing
  • Bronchial challenge testing
  • Saline challenge testing
  • Muscle Strength Testing 

When you attend our department, you will be greeted by our reception staff who will book you in. You will then be called in for testing by a member of staff who will introduce themselves and will explain what the test entails and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Both male and female staff work in the department. If you would prefer a specific gender to perform your test, please inform the department prior to your appointment.

Once your test is complete, in most cases you will be free to leave the department to either go home or to the next area you have been advised to go to. Your results will be stored digitally and attached to your electronic notes. Your doctor will have access to this system. The department no longer provides paper results/ copies.

Depending on the complexity of your test you will be seen by either a clinical physiologist or associate practitioner/ assistant technical officers. All staff have received enhanced training to be able to deliver the best possible patient care. 

As this is a teaching hospital you may be seen by a student. Students are easily identifiable by their yellow lanyard. Students will always be supported or supervised by a qualified member of staff, however if they are nearing the end of their training may work independently.

More information

From your GP

Your GP can directly refer you for a spirometry. 

From your consultant/hospital doctor

Your consultant or hospital doctor can directly refer you for a test. Once we receive your referral, we will book you into the next available appointment and send you a letter. You will also receive a text message if you have provided us with a mobile number. 

Unfortunately, you are unable to self-refer for any tests within the department. 

All appointments are booked in line with national standards. The average wait for most investigations is four weeks from referral. 

The department is based in the Tower Block, 6th Floor, Ward 18.

We also provide community services at:

Waterloo Health Centre

Prince Street
L22 5BP 

Netherton Health Centre

Magdalen Square
L30 5SP

Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing

44-46 Hoghton Street


All qualified staff are required to register with the academy of healthcare science professional register. This can be found here: 
The Academy For Healthcare Science - AHCS


We use Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology (ARTP) guidelines with our respiratory testing

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a research active trust, supporting and facilitating new innovative ways of providing healthcare to improve patient experience and outcomes. To find out about current research opportunities or register for future studies, please visit the Respiratory Research page.