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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a course aimed at people with a long-term lung condition such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic asthma, Bronchiectasis and lung fibrosis among others.  The programme combines education, condition management and exercises designed specifically for each individual.

It has the following benefits:

  1. Improved functional ability such as being able to walk further do more
  2. Reduced breathlessness when doing everyday tasks
  3. Improved quality of life and feeling more positive
  4. Improved self management of the individuals own condition.
  5. A better understanding medication and a plan of what to do if the individual becomes unwell.

Below are some comments from people who have attended the programme.

"thank you for helping me see that exercise is still possible"

"it'll help you take control of yourself"

"I don't panic now"

The Programme

The programme lasts 8 weeks with 2 sessions per week.  Each session lasts between 1-2 hours including group education sessions and exercise at your level of ability.  The programme is run by specialist respiratory physiotherapists and rehabilitation assistants.  The education sessions are delivered by a multi disciplinary team consisting of specialist respiratory nurses, an occupational therapist a dietician, physiotherapist and a Respiratory Physician

Education Sessions

Education is delivered in an informal group setting they last about 45 minutes.

topics covered include:

  • Breathlessness management
  • Anxiety management and relaxation
  • Healthy eating
  • Medication management
  • Chest clearance techniques
  • Singing for breathing
  • Hospital admission questions and answers
  • maintenance strategies

How to access the groups?

A referral into the programme needs to be completed by your GP, practice nurse or other healthcare professional involved in your care.

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