What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation aims to help people with a long-standing lung disease overcome the fear of breathlessness, which gradually prevents them from doing day-to- day activities. This reduction in activities can lead to a person becoming more unfit, which also adds to a person’s feeling of breathlessness.
Although Pulmonary Rehabilitation cannot improve the damage caused by lung disease, it can help people cope better with breathlessness, improve endurance when performing activities, and take control of their lives.
You may be referred for Pulmonary Rehabilitation by your GP, Practice Nurse, Specialist Nurse or Consultant. The first step will be an assessment by a physiotherapist. This will establish if the group is suitable for you. Please bring your inhalers and list of your medications.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Groups are held at old Crossyleans Rugby Club in Halifax, Todmorden Health Centre and The Parish Centre in Brighouse. The sessions consist of supervised, individualised, and simple exercises and followed by educational sessions.
You will learn how to cope with your breathlessness in a safe environment. Gradually you can increase your ability to complete the exercises, which also helps you to perform your daily activities. You will be encouraged to exercise at home and continue after you have completed the programme.
The educational sessions cover topics such as the pathology of your lung condition, breathlessness management and breathing exercises, medication, diet, and mental health. All provided by a variety of health care professionals.
How to access the groups
You should be offered a referral into the service as part of the management of your respiratory condition. This might be via your GP, Practice Nurse, Specialist Nurse or Consultant.
Pulmonary rehabilitation classes run twice a week, over a six week period.
- Old Crossyleans rugby club: Monday and Wednesday.
- Todmorden health centre: Monday and Friday.
- St Matthews Community Building, Rastrick: Tuesday and Thursday.
To gain the benefit you need to be motivated and committed to attend all sessions and incorporate the recommended exercise and coping strategies into your daily life.
How to get there
There is ample free car parking at the venues and public transport routes run nearby.
Calderdale Community Transport service can provide a shuttle bus for patients who have transport issues, should you need it. This can be arranged prior to starting the class and you will be asked at your assessment about this. There is a small fee of £1 per return journey payable to the driver on the day.
Who runs the course?
The course is run by Physiotherapists and Rehabilitation Assistants.
What should I bring to class?
Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. If you have one, please bring your blue inhaler with you for exercising, and a cold drink.
Your initial assessment will be held with a qualified Physiotherapist who will take your vital observations such as blood pressure, oxygen saturations, heart rate, respiratory rate and auscultate your chest.
Alongside this, you will be asked to participate in a walk test, which will be used as an outcome measure for your rehabilitation.
The assessment will be held in the same venue as your rehabilitation classes.
What our patients say
- British Lung Foundation
- Yorkshire Smokefree
- Exercise and Advice for People Living with a Lung Condition - our patient advice
Calderdale Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service,
Telephone: 01422 317084
Old Crossleyans Sports Club
We run two groups both on Mondays and Wednesday. Start times for the first group are 11:00 on Mondays and 13:00 on Wednesdays. The start times of the second group are 13:00 on Mondays and 14:00 on Wednesdays. The Monday session will last 1 hour for the exercises. The Wednesday session with last 1 hour 45 minutes as there will be an hour for exercises and 45 minutes for an education session.
Address: Old Crossleyans Sports Club, Broomfield Avenue, Halifax, HX3 0JE
Todmorden Health Centre
Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes are held at Todmorden Health Centre on a Monday and a Friday at 1pm. Exercise sessions are held on both days, with education incorporated, once a week. We are based in the Health promotion room.
Address: Todmorden health Centre, Lower George Street, Todmorden, OL14 5RN
The Parish Centre, Brighouse
We are now offering classes at Brighouse, at the Parish centre. Classes will be held on a Tuesday and a Thursday at 1pm. Exercise sessions are held on both days, with education incorporated, once a week.
Address: The Parish Centre, Church Street, Rastrick, Brighouse, Yorkshire, HD63NF