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Respiratory Services

Private Respiratory Services at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

At BMI Ross Hall Hospital, we offer fast access to appointments with private Consultant Respiratory Physicians who can assess and treat a wide range of conditions, including chronic coughs, COPD, asthma, other lung disease, and investigate breathlessness and allergies.

Patients will benefit from the vast range of expertise held by the practising respiratory clinicians and the wider multidisciplinary team at BMI Ross Hall Hospital, ensuring they receive a fast and accurate diagnosis and comprehensive respiratory care. Respiratory physicians work in close collaboration with other allied specialists like cardiologists and ENT specialists.

Using our experience as well as an assortment of cutting-edge facilities, we will ensure you receive tailored treatment to target your specific condition and needs, allowing you to effectively manage your condition and get back to living life to the fullest.

Book your initial appointment at BMI Ross Hall Hospital’s comprehensive respiratory facility today.

Respiratory medicine is focused on diagnosing and treating a large variety of diseases that occur in the lungs and airways, their linings and blood vessels, and in the nerves and muscles used to breathe.

Respiratory consultants’ extensive medical training allows them to holistically treat patients with a consistent focus of involving the patients in their own care and treatment. Educating the patient and encouraging self-management is crucial to the effective treatment of many respiratory conditions.

Respiratory medicine involves managing diseases that occur in the upper respiratory tract (the nose, pharynx and larynx) and the lower respiratory tract (trachea, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli).

Respiratory symptoms vary greatly in severity, but If you are experiencing any of these common concerns, consider booking a private appointment with a specialist respiratory consultant:

  • Persistent or chronic cough
  • Breathlessness - either during exercise or at rest
  • Wheezing
  • Sometimes including chest pain
  • Asthma
  • COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 
  • Post-infection symptoms after chest infection
  • Pneumonia & post-pneumonia 
  • Interstitial lung disease (lung fibrosis)
  • Lung cancer
  • Sleep-related problems - sleep apnoea
  • Coughing up bloody mucus

If you are experiencing these symptoms, your consultant will discuss the appropriate investigations required for a fast and accurate diagnosis. Consultants have access to a wide range of diagnostic services, including Chest X-ray, Ultrasound, CT scans, CT pulmonary angiogram, biopsies, blood tests, lung function tests, ECGs and X-rays, should they be necessary to aid diagnosis.

Common Conditions

Associated respiratory conditions range from common occurrences to more chronic and serious diseases. Many respiratory conditions like COPD and asthma can be effectively managed with community and primary care, but some are more complicated and require a conclusive diagnosis and tailored treatment plan.

BMI Ross Hall Hospital has the comprehensive facilities and expertise necessary to assist with these conditions. These are three of the most common conditions treated at BMI Ross Hall Hospital:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - COPD is a general term used for a variety of lung diseases, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Symptoms include breathlessness and a consistent cough, which are always present to some extent but can become especially bad during a severe exacerbation. Some common treatment options include bronchodilators, a class of drug created to open your airways and aid breathing. The more common steroid inhalers are also regularly prescribed to reduce swelling and inflammation.

If your blood contains low oxygen levels, additional oxygen can be delivered via a cylinder which can be helpful in helping COPD and other breathlessness related conditions. Pulmonary rehabilitation is also commonly prescribed as it helps encourage physical exercise and provides general advice to help improve lung health.

Asthma - During an asthma attack, the muscles surrounding the airways will tighten, narrowing the airways. This lining also becomes inflamed, causing sputum to build, narrowing the airways further and making it harder to breathe. There are many triggers for asthma, such as viral infection, animal fur, pollen, dust, tobacco smoke, or traffic pollution. Treatment is usually presented in the form of an inhaler, and there are two types; reliever inhalers and preventer inhalers.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) - This occurs during the night when your throat muscles relax, letting your throat close, causing you to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more until your brain initiates breathing again. This can happen repeatedly, and you might not have any memory of it occurring, but you won’t have gained a good night’s sleep resulting in a sluggish feeling throughout the day and excessive daytime sleepiness. When OSA is suspected, patients are usually referred to sleep studies for analysis.

Treatment for OSA is dependent on the cause. A misaligned lower jaw is commonly the cause, in which case a mandibular repositioning device called a mandibular advancement splint  might be prescribed to keep the airways open. In the majority of cases, however, patients choose continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) as treatment. This is a machine that consistently delivers air through a mask during the night, ensuring the airways stay open and is very effective.

When you book an initial consultation at BMI Ross Hall Hospital’s respiratory unit, our enquiries team will give you all the information you need to choose the right specialist for your needs and offer an appointment at a time to suit you. 


Your initial consultation will usually last around 30 minutes, during which time the specialist will perform a physical examination and a number of simple tests within the clinic room. They will also learn more about and assess your symptoms and medical history to get a clear picture of the situation, your concerns and to determine the appropriate next steps.


Depending on the scan or test needed, you’ll be seen by the relevant specialist from the BMI Ross Hall Hospital team. In some cases, it might be possible for you to have a scan or test on the same day as your initial consultation, but usually, we would arrange the test for a few days after your initial appointment at a time that suits you.


At BMI Ross Hall Hospital, our patients have access to the most comprehensive service for private respiratory diagnostics and treatments in Scotland, all under one roof. With a world-class multidisciplinary team and cutting-edge facilities, you’ll always benefit from a quick and accurate diagnosis.

Diagnostics are a critical part of respiratory medicine as the system is very complex, and fast and accurate diagnosis is crucial to prevent the multiple acute conditions related to the specialty.

We conduct a full range of blood tests and microbiology testing for various respiratory conditions as well as throat swabs and sputum testing facilities for diagnosing viral and bacterial conditions.

  • Spirometry - Carried out by your consultant during the clinic appointment, a spirometry is a simple test used to measure how much air you can expel with one forced breath out.

  • Imaging facilities - We have a range of imaging facilities available at BMI Ross Hall Hospital, including Chest X-ray, Ultrasound, CT scans and CT pulmonary angiogram. These all allow us to create a detailed image of your internal structures and the affected area, allowing for an efficient and accurate diagnosis.

Once the tests have been completed and the results are ready, a follow-up appointment will be arranged with your consultant to discuss the results and determine a tailored management or treatment plan. After this point, you will usually be discharged from the hospital with a potential follow-up appointment scheduled for a few months in the future.

The expert respiratory consultants at BMI Ross Hall Hospital have vast experience in caring for patients suffering from the many varied types of respiratory conditions and excel in providing effective management of common respiratory conditions and tailored treatment for the acute ones.

Whether you have made a self-referral to our respiratory unit, have been referred by your GP or another specialty at BMI Ross Hall Hospital who have picked up an abnormality, you will undergo an in-depth initial assessment from an experienced consultant, followed by a comprehensive suite of advanced diagnostic tests.

At BMI Ross Hall Hospital, we are proud of the prompt, safe and high-quality care we are able to offer patients:

  • A close team of experts - At BMI Ross Hall Hospital, we utilise a multidisciplinary approach to ensure you receive the best respiratory treatment possible. As this medical area is complex and often crosses over with other specialities such as cardiology, the professional respiratory clinicians are able to refer you easily to other specialities to make sure we can consistently offer fast, comprehensive treatment with appointment times to suit you.

  • Fast access to diagnosis and treatment - BMI Ross Hall Hospital is able to offer flexible appointments with leading respiratory consultants at short notice with convenient times, often within 48 hours. Appropriate diagnostic procedures such as Chest X-ray, Ultrasound, CT scan, and CT pulmonary angiogram are usually able to be booked immediately following your initial consultation for a later date.

At BMI Ross Hall Hospital, the professional team is here to help you through every stage of your journey. Give us a call or go online today to book your initial consultation with a leading respiratory consultant.

Specialists Offering Respiratory Services

Dr Lawrence McAlpine

Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General Medicine

BSc(Hons), MB ChB, FRCP(Edin), FRCP(Glasg), FRCP(Lond), FACP(USA)

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Dr Anur Guhan

Consultant Respiratory Physician


BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Dr Sudipta Roy

Consultant Respiratory Physician


BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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