Lung Diseases Program - Services

Asthma Centre

The Asthma Centre provides a dynamic therapeutic approach to asthma management. Bringing together allergists, respirologists and asthma educators, the centre provides diagnosis, assessment, care and education for patients with asthma, aged 16 years and older living in Southwestern Ontario.

 We offer a unique service for asthma patients including:

  • Consultation by respirology and allergy specialists
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Assessment
  • Education with a certified asthma educator
  • Follow-up as necessary
  • Accommodation of urgent referrals
COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program helps patients and their families gain a better understanding of the disease and improve their quality of life.

Through the COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, patients receive medical care and the opportunity to join an eight-week, classroom-based group learning program. Most patients also enroll in a group exercise program, beginning with an eight-week intensive phase of sessions held twice weekly at St. Joseph’s Hospital, followed by a six-month maintenance phase of once-weekly sessions in partnership with the downtown YMCA.

Patients are assessed by the nurse practitioner and physician, and individualized exercise programs are developed in collaboration with rehabilitation trainers.

During their time in the exercise program, patients take part in skill building sessions with a psychologist to better manage the anxiety and stress that often comes with COPD.

The COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program team includes a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, physician (internist), rehabilitation trainers, social worker, registered dietitian, and registration clerk.

Pulmonary Function Lab

The Pulmonary Function Lab, located within the outpatient area for the general respirology, COPD and asthma programs, is an important service used to assess/diagnose St. Joseph's patients as well as patients of physicians in the community. It provides: 

  • Full pulmonary function testing
  • Before and after bronchodilator testing
  • Bronchoprovocation testing
  • Education and teaching opportunities for multidisciplinary care team members, respiratory therapy and nursing students, residents, and patients for improved self-management.

The test results assist in the diagnosis of lung function impairment and evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment. Patients are instructed in the correct technique for using inhaled medications.

Known for a commitment to excellence in testing and quality assurance, the lab is one of a select few sites in Canada to participate in world-wide research studies.

To access the services of the Pulmonary Function Lab, a family physician or specialist must complete our referral form.

Respirology clinics

Respirology clinics provide consultative services for patients who have respiratory disease.

Physicians support the diagnosis and management of chronic lung conditions in the Asthma Centre and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Rehabilitation Program.