Respiratory Physiology

Pulmonary function, oxygen, breathing, exercise and sleep testing services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

The Respiratory Physiology Department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals provides respiratory testing services for patients staying in hospital, or people visiting for respiratory tests as outpatients. Our team of professionally qualified Respiratory Physiologists work closely with colleagues in Respiratory Medicine and other hospital and community departments, and we pride ourselves on our professionalism, high diagnostic accuracy and standard of patient care.

Respiratory Physiology services are provided at the Northern General and Royal Hallamshire Hospitals in Sheffield (see link to location maps). The majority of our service is situated at the Northern General Hospital in the Outpatients department, A floor, Brearley Wing, in a dedicated facility opened in 2013. Here we undertake tests which measure breathing, oxygen levels and airway resistance (see description of tests at this link); we can also measure people’s exercise capacity using our 15 metre walking corridor, and undertake full cardio-pulmonary exercise testing with exercise bike and treadmill equipment.

We also offer sleep diagnostic and therapeutic services for people with conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea. Regular review and follow-up of patients receiving ventilatory support is undertaken by members of our highly trained team.

At the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, we also have a Respiratory Function Unit situated within the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit on Ward M2. The Respiratory Function Unit provides all pulmonary function tests for patients with Pulmonary Hypertension and is responsible for seeing both inpatients and outpatients within the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit. It also provides a service for all other inpatient wards within the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Information for Patients

For a number of different reasons, you may be referred by your GP or hospital doctor to visit the Respiratory Physiology department for breathing measurements, respiratory testing or exercise testing. Such tests are often used not only for people with breathing conditions and/or lung disease, but also can be useful in the treatment and diagnosis of other conditions.

When you are referred to our department you will receive a letter inviting you to attend an appointment. It will give details about the type of test(s) for which you have been referred, and inform you about any instructions you need to follow prior to the appointment.

Contact details

Respiratory Physiology Department: Northern General Hospital - Tel: 0114 2714637

Respiratory Function Unit: Royal Hallamshire Hospital - Tel 0114 2268744


Location & Contact


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Respiratory Physiology Department, NGH
Brearley Outpatients Dept.
A floor
Northern General Hospital
  • 0114 2714784