A new respiratory lab at The Northern Hospital is helping patients to breathe easier.

The state-of-the-art lab offers a range of respiratory tests and clinics, including the oxygen assessment clinic, suspected lung mass clinic and severe asthma and allergy clinic.

Northern Health chief executive Siva Sivarajah said the lab was opened to meet growing demand for respiratory services in the northern suburbs.

“The respiratory laboratory has doubled testing capacity from 4000 to 8000 tests per year, providing urgent same day reporting, meaning residents in Melbourne’s north can receive care locally, in a timely manner,” he said.

“[We have] created a comprehensive respiratory department with dedicated respiratory doctors on the inpatient unit, expanded outpatient services including subspecialty clinics and a brand new respiratory function laboratory offering scope and extensive testing.

“By opening the respiratory laboratory, we are increasing our services and capacity to ensure that we continue providing outstanding health care for the northern community.”