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Who we are

Our spirometry service is commissioned by North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board. The service provides a diagnostic service to all of the practices in Gateshead. We offer both Spirometry and Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) tests to aid in the diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma. The tests support The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) respiratory disease diagnosis requirements. Our service operates from sites across Gateshead providing services close to where our patients live. During 2022 we received 2440 referrals.

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How does it work?

We receive referrals into our service for assessment from GPs who suspect their patients may have asthma or COPD. The referrals are initially reviewed by an administrator to ensure all the information we require is present. The referrals are then passed to our specialist respiratory nurse for clinical assessment to ensure they are booked for the most appropriate test(s).

We then allocate the referred patients appointments, to attend one of our clinics which are held at various sites across Gateshead. The patient is then seen by one of our ARTP (Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology) accredited technicians to undergo Spirometry and / or FeNO testing as appropriate. A report is generated and passed back to the patients GP practice who can use this alongside other test results to either rule out Asthma and COPD or make to a definitive diagnosis and ensure the patient is treated appropriately.

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  • 52 weeks per year cover. No need to worry about cover for annual leave or sickness

  • Potential for increased income as supports QOF requirements for diagnosis of Asthma or COPD. 

  • Increased staff capacity – reduced workload for GPs and Nurses.

  • Increased space in practice – the team work remotely from the practice freeing up valuable workspace


Jean Turner

Spirometry Service Lead

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