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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory TherapyWhen people experience respiratory difficulties, respiratory therapists (RT) are often the first health care professionals involved. 

As members of patient care teams, respiratory therapists bridge advanced technology with direct “hands on” care.  We provide assessment and treatment for all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased. 

What we do


We give emergency care to people who are victims of car accidents, heart attacks, and strokes; respiratory support for post-operative patients; and continuing care for people with chronic asthma, emphysema, sleep apnea, etc.

As core staff on specialized response teams such as cardiac arrest, high risk newborn delivery, trauma, and critical patient transport, we are skilled in performing life saving techniques.

Respiratory therapy is a regulated profession in Newfoundland and Labrador. All RTs in Eastern Health are required to be registered with the NL Council of Health Professionals and perform to the standards of practice as set by the NL College of Respiratory Therapists.

Respiratory TherapyWhere to Find Us

  • General Hospital
  • Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre
  • St. Clare’s Hospital
  • Carbonear General Hospital
  • Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial
  • Burin Peninsulas Health Care Centre

Our 75 staff respiratory therapists are located primarily in the following five clinical programs:

  • Cardiac/Critical Care
  • Children and Women’s Health
  • Long Term Care
  • Medicine
  • Perioperative 

In addition to the patient care settings, there are respiratory therapists dedicated to Pulmonary Function Laboratories, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Polysomnography, and Hyperbaric Medicine.

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Updated Dec 19, 2012