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Respiratory services provided in the community or clinic

Respiratory Therapists also work in the community and through clinics to support your ongoing lung health and breathing needs by such things as: conducting spirometry (breathing) tests and oxygen assessments, counseling for quitting smoking or tobacco use, assisting with ventilator (life support) and airway management and supporting end of life respiratory care at home.

These services may be provided either individually or in groups at a local health centre, hospital clinic setting, doctor’s office, residential care facility or directly in your home, depending on your level of need, health status and ability to access.

Asthma, COPD and Pulmonary Rehab Services

For individuals living with a lung health condition such as asthma or COPD, respiratory therapists working in Asthma Care Clinics, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and other community programs help you and your family with the knowledge, skills and resource information necessary to assist with your ongoing self management. Pulmonary Rehabilitation services combine education and exercise for greatest health benefit.

These services may be offered individually or in groups where you can learn from staff and also others like yourself.

Home Oxygen Program

Oxygen therapy is sometimes necessary when your lungs are not able to provide enough oxygen to the blood for the body to use.  Through a referral from your physician, home oxygen and subsidy options are available for eligible residents who may have asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, occupational lung disease, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, or congestive heart failure and meet the medical and non-medical criteria.

Some individuals may need to remain on oxygen therapy, whereas others may only need it for a short time. A respiratory therapist will re-assess your eligibility over time.

Am I eligible?

  • You must be a BC resident for more than 3 months
  • You must be eligible for MSP coverage and have a valid BC personal health number (PHN)
  • You must reside in the Interior Health Region for greater than 6 months of the calendar year
  • You do not reside in a facility governed by the Hospital Act
  • You must meet BC Home Oxygen Program medical eligibility criteria for low blood oxygen levels
  • You must be capable of handling oxygen at home (note: it is unsafe to smoke around oxygen)
  • Your referral must be signed by your physician

Ask your doctor for more information.

How do I access these services?

Find out where the following services are offered:


MoH     PCQO