Lung physiology team

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?

Steph Armstrong, Associate Practitioner

  • Steph completed a HNC in Applied Sciences and a BSc in Physiology from University of Aberdeen and worked in Clinical Biochemistry before joining Respiratory Physiology in 2019.

  • Steph particularly enjoys meeting new people and says the best part of her job is learning interesting facts about the patients she meets.

  • When not at work she likes going to visit family in Edinburgh and cheering on her favourite football team, Hibs.

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!

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 she is riding her horse!

Vikki Gall, Associate Practitioner

  • Vikki has been a member of the Sleep and home ventilation team since 2014 and in 2019 added working in the lung function laboratory to her repertoire of respiratory skills and is relishing the challenge!

  • She is the go-to person for all things CPAP masks and has a natural way with patients.

  • Vikki has a collection of pets and enjoys spending her free time with her nieces or walking her dogs.

Adam Hepburn, Associate Practitioner

  • Adam completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Robert Gordons University and has worked in Clinical Pathology and Biochemistry before joining Respiratory Physiology in 2019.

  • He’s enjoying learning his role and overcoming the challenges that come with working in the lab.

  • In his spare time Adam enjoys Creative writing and cooking.

What pulmonary function tests do we do?

  • Dynamic lung volumes (Spirometry)

  • Gas transfer

  • Static lung volumes (helium dilution and body plethysmography)

  • 6 minute walking test

  • Reversibility testing to salbutamol

  • Mannitol

  • Eucapnic voluntary hyperpnoea - 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...!

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.