Pulmonary Rehabilitation (LGH BREATH) ? North Shore Chronic Disease Services

LGH Breath Program supports your ability to self-manage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) through learning, exercising, and connecting with others. The 5-week program consists of:  

  • Initial meeting with the team/respirologist

  • 10 Group Education sessions covering a variety of topics:   

  • Lung conditions
  • Chest infections
  • Breathing control
  • Bronchial hygiene
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Exercise
  • Action plan

  • Nutrition
  • Energy conservation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Stress management
  • Coping skills
  • Intimacy
  • Travel planning
  • Self-management
  • Goal setting

  • Each group education ends with an exercise component which include aerobic exercise, weight training and stretches.

  • A follow-up assessment at 3-6 months after the completion of the program is provided.


  • Sessions run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for five weeks. We have 12 ? 16 participants in each session. Some participants may be invited to continue with the maintenance program.

  • The maintenance program is suitable for individuals who require regular supervised exercise, have a low exercise tolerance, and are on supplemental oxygen. 

To see a list of all North Shore Chronic Disease Services (NSCDS) listings, visit www.vch.ca/nscds

Lions Gate Hospital

231 East 15th Street
North Vancouver, BC
V7L 2L7
Phone: (604) 988-3131 extension 4940
Fax: (604) 297-9681
Email: nscds@vch.ca

Hours of operation

Tuesday and Thursday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


We accept referrals from a physician or a nurse practitioner. 

North Shore Chronic Disease Service Referral Form


A doctor must provide a referral with copies of requested tests before appointments can be booked for the next available assessment program.

Referral form must include copies of the requested tests before appointment can be booked. The tests include:

  • Medical history (within 1 year)

  • Pulmonary function (within 3 years)

  • ECG (within 6 months)

  • Chest x-ray (within 1 year)  


Educational resources

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Community resources

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