The Respiratory Department offers a full inpatient and outpatient medical service, delivered by a Multi-Disciplinary team (MDT) which treats adults with conditions affecting the respiratory tract, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, respiratory infections and bronchiectasis, tuberculosis (TB), interstitial lung disease and sarcoidosis, pleural disease and sleep disorder. Diagnostic facilities are also provided for the majority of respiratory conditions.
The Respiratory Department is supported by 6 full-time consultants, an associate specialist, 4 full-time respiratory physiologists, 6 full-time respiratory nurse specialists and 2 full-time lung cancer nurse specialists with additional support from 2 TB nurse specialists. There is a fully equipped lung function, diagnostic sleep service and CPAP service as well as excellent radiology services. There are 3 bronchoscopy and EBUS lists per week which ensure patients can have procedures without delay. There is also a visiting Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon who comes across from Harefield Hospital every week.
The Department also has close links with the community based respiratory nurse specialists, Macmillan palliative care nurses and community matrons. The department is currently expanding with the imminent appointment of additional consultants in order to further improve and expand the services available.
Referrals are accepted via E-RS only.
The department offers a full physiological assessment including:
Dedicated One Stop Clinic on a Monday afternoon for patients with suspected lung cancer with access to CT scanning and lung function. Sub-specialising in TB (clinic on Wednesday afternoon with TB Nurse Specialist support), sleep and ventilation, COPD and general respiratory conditions with clinics on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning clinic.
Dedicated One Stop Clinic on a Monday afternoon for patients with suspected lung cancer with access to CT scanning and lung function.
Sub-specialising in pleural disease and COPD. Specialist bronchiectasis clinic with respiratory physiotherapist present to offer advice and guidance in a clinical setting. Clinics on Wednesday morning and monthly Thursday evenings.
Sub-specialising in COPD and asthma with clinics on a Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Specialist TB clinic, supported by TB Nurse Specialists, on a Friday afternoon. Also supports ILD clinics which are run in conjunction with Rheumatologists.
Dedicated One Stop Clinic on a Monday afternoon for patients with suspected lung cancer with access to CT scanning and lung function. Also sub-specialising in pleural disease, COPD, asthma and general respiratory conditions with clinics on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning
Sub-specialising in sleep and ventilation, palliative care and COPD. Monthly dedicated ILD clinic run in conjunction with Rheumatology support. General clinics Tuesday morning and Wednesday and Friday afternoons.
Dedicated One Stop Clinic on a Monday afternoon for patients with suspected lung cancer with access to CT scanning and lung function. Also sub-specialising in pleural disease and general respiratory conditions with clinics on a Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Specialist bronchiectasis clinic with respiratory physiotherapist present to offer advice and guidance in a clinical setting.
Respiratory Nurse Clinics
Our team of respiratory nurses run independent clinics looking after patients with COPD, difficult asthma, interstitial lung disease and oxygen requirements in addition to running anti IgE clinics. The respiratory nurses are also involved in the provision of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programmes which run across 3 sites, covering Luton, Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable.
The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has excellent tertiary links with Mount Vernon, Harefield, Addenbrookes, Papworth and the Royal Free and Royal Brompton hospitals in addition to St Marys Hospital London.
Visiting Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon attends Lung MDT Meeting on a Wednesday afternoon and runs an outpatient clinic for pre and postoperative patients on a Wednesday afternoon here at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.
Psychological Support for Respiratory Difficulties in Bedfordshire
We are here to help and support people to manage the symptoms of their respiratory illness and gain a better quality of life.
This leaflet explains the psychological support available to you within the Respiratory Medicine Services at Bedford and Luton & Dunstable Hospitals.
Who we are
We are set up as part of the integrated COPD service and the Respiratory Medicine clinics of the Luton & Dunstable and Bedford Hospitals. We have a counselling psychologist who offers individual and group interventions as well as support to other professionals.
How can I benefit from meeting with a psychologist?
Each person with respiratory problems will have a different set of challenges, although many of the issues may be similar. You may develop negative feelings such as stress, worry, anxiety and/or low mood as well as unhelpful thoughts. This, in turn, may lead to poor health management and an exacerbation of respiratory conditions. During therapeutic sessions we can talk about your own experience in a non-judgemental space. We can explore how your physical health impacts upon your life and then look at how you would like your life to improve alongside your respiratory condition. Psychological therapy can help you identify what changes are achievable and meaningful to you. Therapy may then help you to develop new skills and/or expand your existing skills to help you work towards your desired changes. For further details, please click here.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.