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SJHH / Health Services/ Chest Program/ Respiratory Rehabilitation

Respiratory Rehabilitation Day Program

COVID-19 Update

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is beginning to reintroduce surgical and outpatient services slowly using a gradual, phased approach.  Some individuals, based on the severity of their condition and care needs, are being scheduled for procedures and treatments.

If you are a patient, your care team will contact you with more information when you are rebooked or booked for your treatment.

Please come alone to your appointment to help us ensure physical distancing and to allow for patients to come to clinics safely. In special circumstances, the Manager may approve a support person to accompany a patient to Outpatient clinic appointments. Any exception to the visitor restrictions must be approved by the unit or clinic manager.

Click here for more information about the gradual reintroduction of visitors to inpatient areas.

If you have concerns, please call your family physician. If there is an emergency, please call 911 and go the hospital immediately. If you have an urgent issue, please go to an urgent care centre. If this is a mental health emergency, call 9-1-1, the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) at 905.972.8338 or online at; go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has Emergency Psychiatry Services at 50 Charlton Avenue East, Hamilton.

We are doing our best to serve all patients as quickly as possible, while ensuring the safety of our staff, patients and community. Thank you for your continued patience.

Click here for more information about your appointment and the reintroduction of services.

What this program does...

Respiratory Rehabilitation is an education and exercise program that promotes patient self-management skills for chronic respiratory diseases.

This is an 8 week long Day outpatient Program where patients come from home three days a week.

In a small group, patients take part in class presentations and therapy taught by members of the health care team in the Respiratory Rehabilitation Program.

The Firestone Ambulatory clinic accepts community referrals for assessment and consultation for admission to this program.

How this program helps...

This is an education and exercise program to help the patient lead a more active life by learning about their lung condition, how to manage their symptoms, prevent hospitalizations and visits to the emergency department and how to conserve energy leading to an improved quality of life. 

Your Care Team

Along with your Respirologist, your healthcare team will include:

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Clinical and Health Psychologist
  • Registered Therapeutic Recreation
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • Registered Social Worker
  • Nursing
  • Other disciplines, as needed 


St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
50 Charlton Ave. E.
Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health
Hamilton, Ontario.

Tel: 905-522-1155 Ext 35811
Fax: 905-523-5864

Referral Process

Family doctors and specialists complete a referral by contacting the Respiratory Rehabilitation Program Intake office at 905-522-1155 Ext 35811.

Preparing for Your Visit

Please bring all your current medications including inhalers with you to your first appointment.  

We ask that you do not bring any valuables with you as the hospital cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items.

Maps and Directions

Please click here for maps and directions to our Charlton Campus.


After Your Visit

Your respirologist will identify whether you are an appropriate candidate for the respiratory rehabilitation program. You will then be contacted by the Respiratory Rehabilitation team to book a pre-start assessment for the program.