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Community respiratory

The Community Respiratory Service treats people with serious breathing problems. We treat patients in their own homes and places of residence, so they don’t have to come into hospital.

We work closely with patients and their carers to provide the best possible quality of life, and to reduce any impact on social activities. For each patient we develop a personalised plan and provide continued support in their place of residence. Patients can access our services directly only once they have been referred by a GP or healthcare professional and assessed by the team.

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Services

We assess, treat and manage adults with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma, bronchiectasis and interstitial lung disease. These are serious conditions that can cause breathlessness.

We provide:

  • Home visits for assessment, treatment and support during a chest infection.
  • Oxygen service – assessment, prescription and follow-up, including home service
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation – an 8-week personalised programme of care to help improve your breathing, enable you to carry out daily activities and manage your condition better
  • Occupational therapy to help you manage any breathlessness, and to enable you to remain at home in a safe environment
  • Dietary support and advice
  • Medication for treatment of an infection
  • Nebuliser service for short-term use during an infection
  • Lung function tests
  • A weatherwise educational programme for patients who have frequent chest infections that might normally require admission to hospital.

Please ask your GP or healthcare professional to refer you to the service.

Patient Stories

Please feel free to share your experiences of this service. Please e-mail your views to swbh.comms@nhs.net

Contacts

You can contact the service by telephoning:
0121 612 2007
Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm
Saturday and Sunday, 8.30am – 4.30pm

Please remember this is not an emergency service.

We always try to see you on the same day that you call, or by the end of the next working day at the latest. We will always let you know when we will be out to see you. We can also offer advice over the phone. Please refer to your self-care plan for further advice.

 

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