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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Do you have a chronic lung condtion? Do you get breathless whilst walking or climbing stairs?

If the answer to the above questions are YES, then Pulmonary Rehabilitation may be just the thing you need!

Breathlessness can be a worrying experience for many people with chronic lung disease. It can mean that you stop doing certain activities in order to avoid being breathless. If your activity levels drop, then your physical fitness declines, meaning that even the smallest task will make you breathless.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is designed to stop this cycle of decline, by helping improve your physical fitness whilst also improving your control of your breathing. By doing this, you can improve your activity levels which will improve your quality of life.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an evidence-based multidisciplinary exercise and education programme for people with chronic lung disease and it is highly recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is proven to improve your walking distance, improve your quality of life, reduce your frequency of chest infections and reduce admissions to hospital. For more information about Pulmonary Rehabilitation, visit the British Lung Foundation website.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes are run by the specialist respiratory physiotherapists and clinical respiratory nurse specialists as part of the Integrated COPD Team.

Once you have been referred, you will be given an assessment appointment with either one of our specialist physiotherapists or respiratory nurses.

During this appointment we will discuss Pulmonary Rehabilitation in greater depth and assess your suitability for the program. You will then be given a start date/venue to commence Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a seven-week course, with two sessions per week (total of 14 sessions). Each session lasts for two hours (one hour of exercise, one hour of education).

The exercises are individually tailored to you, so that everyone can participate and gain the benefits.

Bedford Hospital

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 please be aware that groups are currently not running at these venues; however we are still accepting referrals to the service and can provide alternative support at this time. 

The Bedford Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service is committed to delivering a high quality course of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, to include exercise and education, to meet the individual needs and enhance the self-care, management of symptoms and quality of life of a diverse community of patients suffering with, but not exclusively a chronic respiratory condition.

The Bedford Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme takes place at the following venues:

Jubilation Centre
Jubilee Park
Moulton Avenue
MK42 0HL
Sessions: Tuesday 10.15am to 12.30pm (all year)

Friday 10.15am to 12.30pm

Sandy Village Hall
Medusa Way (off Engayne Avenue)
SG19 1BN
Sessions: Monday 10.15am to 12.30pm (commencing April 2012)

Thursday 10.15am to 12.30pm

Parkside Hall

Woburn Road


MK45 2HX

Thursday 10.15am to 12.30pm

If you would like to be referred to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme please speak with your GP or Health Care Professional or contact the team directly on 01234 730331.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a combination of exercise and education.

These are some of the educational topics from the Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme available to view (please click on the links below to view).  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the team on 01234 730331.

In addition to running the Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme the Bedford Hospital Respiratory Therapy Team also runs Bronchiectasis Clinics and Dysfunctional Breathing Clinics.  These clinics are with small groups of patients and include education on the conditions and self-management treatment techniques.

Due to the current situation with COVID19 please be aware that these groups are not currently running; however we are still accepting referrals to the service and can provide alternative support at this time.

Dysfunctional Breathing – Presented by Nicola Rowe, Respiratory Physiotherapist

If you have difficulty with your breathing pattern, sometimes known as Dysfunctional Breathing, Disordered Breathing or Hyperventilation Syndrome.  This presentation will help to explain the possible symptoms and treatment/breathing techniques you can use to help improve your breathing pattern. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team on 01234 730331.


If you have a diagnosis of Bronchiectasis please take some time to view this presentation about your condition and breathing exercises that can help.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team on 01234 730331.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Inspire – Luton Sports Village
Butterfield Green Road
Clinics: Monday 14.00-16.00 and Wednesday 14.00-16.00

Peter Newton Pavilion (behind Tesco)
Skimpot Road
Clinics: Monday 10.00-12.00 and Wednesday 10.00-12.00

Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall
Stanbridge Road
Clinics: Tuesday 14.00-16.00 and Friday 14.00-16.00