Chronic Pulmonary Disease Education Session

This one-hour education session helps people affected by lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and asthma to better understand their condition and manage their symptoms.

During the session, we discuss the causes, signs, symptoms and common triggers of breathing problems. We also review the role of medications and the proper use of inhalers.

The session may be offered in a group or individual setting, and virtually or in-person.

How to access our services?

  • You must have a referral from your physician to book a session.

Who do we serve?

  • Adults
  • Children aged 12 and older

The education session is provided by the Respiratory Therapy Program.

About The Program

Before your appointment

  • Your doctor will fax us a request. Please make sure your contact information is accurate so we may call you.
  • We will call you to schedule the session.
  • You will receive a reminder call a few days before your session.
  • Please call us at least 48 hours in advance if you must cancel or change the date of your session.

What to bring

  • Your inhalers
  • Valid Health card
  • List of all your medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal medicines

When you arrive (in-person sessions)

  • Please register at one of the self-service registration kiosks at the Main Entrance at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Clerks are available to help with the registration process.
  • Upon registering, take a “puck”. It will buzz and light up when your turn comes up and indicate in which room to report.
  • Use the Cardiology entrance door in Block A to go the Pulmonary Function Lab for your session.

Virtual sessions

  • We will provide you with details to access the virtual platform in advance.

Preparation and procedure

  • Bring your inhalers with you as we will review how to use them properly.
  • We will discuss causes, signs, symptoms and common triggers of breathing difficulty. You are welcome to ask questions.

Test results

  • We will send a summary of the discussion to the referring physician. It will also be available in your electronic medical record. For information on the creation of an account and how to access your electronic medical record, visit MyChart.