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Respiratory Rehabilitation Day Program

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.