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Adult Services - Pulmonary Rehab

Who is this service for?
For adults with a chronic lung disease who feel limited by breathlessness. There are no age limits but there are exclusion criteria and you will need to have your own means of transport.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Unstable cardiac conditions
  • Severe cognitive deficit
  • Cancer with poor prognosis
  • Psychiatric disease affecting memory/behaviour/compliance

We work with our colleagues in the Home Oxygen team and provide mobile oxygen assessments as part of the programme.

What we do

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of exercise, education, and support to help you learn to breathe – and function – at the highest level possible.

Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation:

  • Help to improve your muscle strength, so you can use the oxygen you breathe more efficiently
  • Improve your general fitness and help you to cope better with feeling out of breath
  • Help you to feel to stronger and fitter, and able to do more.

What happens in a pulmonary rehabilitation course?

You’ll work with our team of specialists through a programme of exercise and information; we’ll support you to become fitter and encourage you to self-manage your condition

Before the programme starts we will find out:

  • what you can and cannot do;
  • how activity affects you; and
  • how you are feeling and coping with your condition.

The programme runs for six weeks with two sessions a week for up to 18 people at one time. People attend for two hours; approximately one hour of exercise and one hour of advice, education and discussion.

Topics might include:

  • Breathing techniques to use when recovering your breath, or during physical activity or if you feel anxious
  • Why exercise is so important for people with lung conditions
  • How to manage stress
  • Healthy eating
  • How to use your inhalers and other medicines
  • What to do when you are unwell

Potential participants will receive a comprehensive assessment before being accepted onto the programme as well as a pre-discharge review.

How do I access this service?

Please speak to you GP or Practice Nurse to be referred to this service.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Beth Connock
Contact Position
Specialist Respiratory Nurse
01275 546555

Other details


NHS service


Referral required
Referral Details

You can access this service via a referral from a health care professional.

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