What services are available to help?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a course of exercise and education for people with a long-term lung condition. It’s designed for people who are severely breathless. Your pulmonary rehab team will be made up of trained health care professionals such as physiotherapists, nurses and occupational therapists.
If you have a breathing problem, your GP might refer you to the Pulmonary Rehab service. You can read more about the Hertfordshire service here.
You can also contact the Pulmonary Rehab service directly rather than asking your GP to refer you. Further details on how to do this can be found here.
Integrated Community Respiratory Service (ICRS)
The Integrated Community Respiratory Service is a new service delivered jointly by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. Six Respiratory Specialist Practitioners cover most of east and north Hertfordshire supported by a Respiratory Practitioner and admin staff.
We look after respiratory patients with complex needs – helping to plan their care. We also support patients that have been admitted to hospital and need additional help when they go home. We assess people who might need oxygen at home and also provide education in primary and community services.
Patients we’ve looked after in the past can also refer themselves back to us for further support if they feel that their symptoms are escalating. This helps patients avoid having to be admitted to hospital if it can be avoided.
Being an integrated service we work closely with the HomeFirst teams, Community Matrons and Rapid Response service along with any other health professional who may be involved in the care of the patient. This can include the palliative care teams for example and our local hospices (Garden House Hospice and Isabel Hospice). We are closely linked with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation service and refer to them regularly, as do they to us.
We are currently developing an education programme for newly diagnosed COPD patients to ensure that they have the skills early in their disease process to be able to self-manage, slow down disease progression, and live healthy lives less impacted by their disease.
- Over the age of 18 years age and registered with a GP within East and North Hertfordshire CCG.
- Main complaint must be due to a respiratory problem e.g COPD, Asthma, Bronchiectasis, Interstitial lung disease
A referral form should be completed and either faxed or sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The service will operate from 09.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday
RightBreathe is an app designed by NHS doctors and pharmacists to help patients and clinicians with prescribing and using inhalers. Available now for iOS and Android. www.rightbreathe.com
The links on this page are for sources of help that people living with a lung condition might find useful:
- Breathe Easy support groups
These informal, friendly groups run all over the country, supported by the British Lung Foundation, and are a great way to make new friends who know what you’re going through, and learn more about living with a lung condition. Find your nearest one here.
- Maintaining a healthy weight for those with lung conditions
- Be clear on cancer: breathlessness
- The dangers of smoking whilst using oxygen at home