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Pulmonary Function Unit

About us

The Pulmonary Function Department is responsible for testing the performance of the lungs. It compares the function of the lungs against what would be expected from the normal lungs of a person of similar age, weight, sex and height. Pulmonary Function tests are essential in diagnosis, initiation and monitoring of drug therapy and in continuous clinical assessment.


  • Spirometry
  • Reversibility Testing
  • Flow Volume Loop
  • Gas Transfer
  • Static Lung Volumes
  • M.I.P and M.E.P
  • S.N.I.P
  • Histamine Challenge Testing
  • Mannitol Challenge Testing
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (VO2 max)
  • Exercise Provocation Testing
  • Overnight Oximetry
  • Limited Sleep Studies
  • Compliance Testing

Hours and Access to Services

The Department opens Monday – Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

The service is accessed by:

  • Referral from a consultant /team
  • Referral from Consultant's private practice
  • Referrals from GP’s for Spirometry testing – carried out daily

Outpatients are seen daily by appointment only.

A service for inpatients is provided on a daily basis.


Telephone: (01) 809 2766
Email for referrals:


  • 1 Chief II Respiratory Scientist
  • 1 Senior Respiratory Scientist
  • 1.5 Basic Grade Respiratory Scientists