You will need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.
Your doctor will need to fax your referral to us or send it electronically. When your referral is received it will be reviewed and categorised based on clinical urgency.
We will then contact you to book your appointment.
While every attempt will be made to provide you with the earliest possible appointment, the most urgent patients are given priority.
There are a number of different lung function tests that measure various aspects of lung function. Depending on the reason for referral and symptoms, more than one test may be required.
Most tests are quite straightforward. You will be directed by the scientist to perform specific breathing tasks. These may make you short of breath or puffed, but time is allowed between tasks for you to catch your breath. Be sure to let the scientist know if you are feeling unwell during the tests. The video below demonstrates what may be expected during a standard lung function test.
If you have any questions or concerns in regards to your lung function test, please call 03 5454 8896 to speak with a Respiratory Scientist.
Our Clinics are located on Level 1 in the Bendigo Hospital. Please present to the main Specialist Clinics reception to check in for your appointment.
Patients are seen strictly in order of appointment time. We do our best to run to time, however delays do occur and we therefore recommend that you allow at least one hour for your appointment.
If you need to reschedule or cancel you appointment you should contact 03 5454 8896 .
This clinic accepts GP and specialist referrals to this service.
Referrals can be faxed to 03 5454 8922.
This clinic at Bendigo Health is registered as a MBS clinic. If you are referring to these clinics please include the following information:
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All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency. The more information you include with your referral, the better able we are to make an accurate assessment of your patient’s needs. Patients requiring immediate assessment should be sent to the Emergency Centre at their nearest hospital.
Should you have any queries regarding your patient’s referral, or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, please contact the Clinic Nurse Liaison via the dedicated GP only telephone number (if you do not have access to this, please email [email protected] to request same).
Lung function laboratory operating times
Monday - Friday
8.00am – 4.30pm
There are a number of different lung function tess that measure various aspects of lung function. Depending on the patient’s symptoms and the reason for referral, more than one test may be required.
Tests available include:
Relative Contraindications for Lung Function Tests
Most lung function tests require the patient to sit unaided and to follow specific instructions in the performance of breathing manoeuvres requiring maximal effort.
Patients with poor cognitive function may have difficulties performing tests.
Children that are unable to follow specific instructions in the performance of breathing manoeuvres are not seen at Bendigo Health; a specialised paediatric lung function laboratory is recommended.
Patients with limited English language skills may require an interpreter – please document on referral if an interpreter will be required
There are few absolute contraindications for lung function tests. We may choose to delay or modify tests where there is an increased risk of an adverse event, or results may be impacted by pain/discomfort.
Please contact the Lung Function Laboratory on (03) 5454 8896 to discuss potential contraindications and/or document clearly on referral.
Examples of contraindications include:
Tests will be delayed where patients have communicable diseases such as:
Some tests require minimum levels of lung function for test to be performed: