Lung physiology team

L-R: Keith Hogg, Alison Lobban, Claire Fotheringham, Jake Troy Brown, Jillian Duncan, Bev Wilson

What is Pulmonary Function?

  • The Pulmonary Function Department is the home of the Respiratory Clinical Physiologists and is part of the Respiratory Service at ARI.
  • Respiratory Physiologists are part of the Healthcare Science workforce within the hospital. Healthcare scientists provide quality diagnostic tests and services and cover many disciplines.
  • You can find out more about the role of Healthcare Scientists and Clinical Physiologists here.

Who's who?

Claire Fotheringham,

Principal Physiologist, Head of Department

  • Claire's background is in Exercise Physiology and she has a doctorate in Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction.
  • Claire’s role is managing and developing the lab and specialised testing. Claire has 2 young children and is happiest when riding her horse!

Alison Lobban,

Respiratory Physiologist

  • Alison is the longest serving member of the team having started in the department in 2001.
  • Having originally trained in nutrition and dietetics then having worked at the Macaulay institute in Aberdeen, Alison has a diverse background and is able to turn her hand to many tasks!
  • Alison is kept busy out of work –she is a mum to twin girls, 2 boys and has twin grandsons.
  • She has a keen interest in the sleep service and Interstitial Lung Disease service.

Bev Wilson,

Respiratory Physiologist

  • Bev is a fairly new member to our team.
  • She comes to us after having a break from the profession when she had her family having previously worked as a respiratory physiologist in Monklands Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire.
  • Bev has 3 children and is a fitness enthusiast.
  • She has an interest in asthma and exercise testing.

Jake Troy Brown,

Trainee Respiratory Physiologist

  • Jake is undertaking a degree in Clinical Physiology at Glasgow Caledonian University whilst completing his training in the lab.
  • He has an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Aberdeen.
  • He is running fanatic who participates in ultra-marathons.

Keith Hogg,

Trainee Respiratory Physiologist

  • Keith is undertaking a degree in Clinical Physiology at Glasgow Caledonian University whilst completing his training in the lab.
  • He joined us with a background in RAF and oil and gas.
  • He is a dedicated Dad and enjoys outdoor activities when time allows.
  • Keith’s main focus so far has been on the CPAP clinics.

Jillian Duncan,

Clinic coordinator

  • Jillian is a very experienced member of the respiratory unit having worked here for 10 years.
  • She is based in Clinic C and competently coordinates the outpatient appointments for the pulmonary function team.
  • Jillian is a mum of 2 children and is kept just as busy when at home!

What pulmonary function tests do we do?

  • Dynamic lung volumes (Spirometry)
  • Gas transfer
  • Static lung volumes (helium dilution and body plethsmyography)
  • 6 minute walking test
  • Reversibility testing to salbutomol
  • Mannitol
  • Eucapnic voluntary hypernoea - EVH (bronchial Provocation)
  • FeNO
  • Hypoxic Challenge Testing
  • Skin Prick Tests
  • Maximal mouth pressures and sniff nasal inspiratory pressure
  • Postural assessment of spirometry (sitting v lying)
  • CPET – watch this space in 2018...!


and we also do Sleep Physiology..

  • Home oximetry Studies
  • Home multi-channel (polygraphy/respiratory) studies
  • Overnight transcutaneous PCO2 assessment (inpatient service only)
  • CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)

Want to find out more about the tests we do?

Click here for information from the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology (UK) site.

How to refer patients to us?

Referrals for pulmonary function tests

  • Must come from health professional staff.
  • Can be requested within ARI via order coms on Trakcare.
  • The electronic request for (inpatient / outpatient)can be found under the “investigations” tab as shown below.
  • Outwith ARI, patient referrals need to be directed to the Respiratory consultants.

Referrals for sleep physiology

  • Referrals for Sleep apnoea diagnostics should be directed to the Sleep Apnoea team with an indication of the patients Epworth Sleepiness Score.

How to find us?

  • Click here for lots of information.
  • Pulmonary function is located in the PURPLE zone and can be easily found just beside the Rotunda Entrance (also known locally as the Revolving Door entrance). Taxi drivers know exactly where this is!
  • Respiratory (Chest) clinic is a short walk (3 mins) in ORANGE zone.