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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Pulmonary Rehabilitation aims to help people with a longstanding 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, extend their 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.  This initial assessment will occur at the Physiotherapy Department at Calderdale Royal Hospital.  Please bring your inhalers with you and a list of your medications.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Groups are run at the Old Crossleyans Sports Club, Halifax and Brighouse Sports Club. The sessions consist of supervised and individualised 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 your lung condition, breathing exercises, medication, diet, and mental health. All provided by a variety of health care professionals.

How to access the groups?

The programme runs twice a week, on a Monday and Wednesday in Halifax and Tuesday and Thursday in Brighouse, and is a 6 week course (12 sessions).

To gain any 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 do I get there?

There is ample free car parking at both venues and public transport routes run nearby.

Calderdale community transport service is able to 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 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.

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.

Initial Assessment

Please come to the address below:                                       

Physiotherapy Department,

2nd Floor,

Calderdale Royal Hospital,


HX3 0PW.

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Contact Us

Calderdale Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service,

Allan House,

Sowerby Bridge,

HX6 3AD.


Telephone: 01422 317084


Old Crossleyans Sports Club

Groups run on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Start times for all classes is 13:45 duration of the groups varies on a Monday it is 1 hour on a Wednesday its 1 hour 45 minutes.

Address: Old Crossleyans Sports Club, Broomfield Avenue, Halifax, HX3 0JE

Brighouse Sport & Social Club

Groups run on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Start times for all classes is 13:45 duration of the groups varies on a Thursday it is 1 hour on a Tuesday its 1 hour 45 minutes.

Address: Brighouse Sport & Social Club, Russell Way, Brighouse, HD6 4LX 

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