The Respiratory Service consists of four elements:
The service is provided to patients who have a confirmed diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease experiencing an acute exacerbation (flare up) where patients have sustained worsening of their symptoms, including breathlessness, cough, increased sputum production and change in sputum colour. This service helps to support patients and their carers in their own home and can help prevent an admission to hospital.
The service is provided to patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease to facilitate early discharge from hospital with the community respiratory team providing specialist treatment and support at home in surroundings familiar to the patient.
The pulmonary rehabilitation programmes consist of tailored exercise for each individual, along with a comprehensive educational programme. The focus is on improving physical fitness, exercise tolerance, breathlessness management, quality of life and mood state.
The service exists to assess, treat, and educate patients in the management of breathlessness and sputum clearance.