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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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

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

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).

It is suitable for patients with a variety of respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchiectasis and pulmonary fibrosis.

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

The benefits of undertaking pulmonary rehabilitation are:

  • Reduction in your levels of breathlessness.
  • Improvements in your general health and level of fitness.
  • Increased ability to carry out the daily activities that are important to you.
  • Better understanding of your respiratory condition
  • Increased control over the symptoms of your condition.
  • Improvements in your levels of confidence and quality of life.
Bedford Hospital


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 Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme runs twice a week for 6 weeks, it includes exercise and education.

You will complete an individual assessment prior to the course and again at the end.

The Bedford Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation service is currently offering face to face groups at the following venues:

Jubilation Centre

Jubilee Park

Moulton Avenue



MK42 0HL

Sessions: Tuesday and Friday

Sandy Village Hall

Medusa Way (off Engayne Avenue)



SG19 1BN

Sessions: Monday and Thursday

Parkside Hall

Woburn Road


MK45 2HX

Sessions: Monday and Thursday

Please be advised that the following Covid-19 precautions take place at all the venues: 

  • All equipment is cleaned regularly
  • Group size is usually 16 people with 2 members of staff (20 maximum with 3 staff)
  • Venues are well ventilated throughout the session
  • Staff follow the most up to date Covid guidelines in relation to PPE / wearing of face masks.

Please be aware that your partner, a carer or a family member are welcome to come and observe you exercising and participate in the educational topic discussions.

If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact the team.

Other methods of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Support

Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation

This is the completing of assessments via video appointment or telephone, with continued support over the 6 weeks using these methods.  Exercises are completed at home using a video presentation or written information.

Home Pulmonary Rehabilitation

If clinically appropriate, assessments and support can be provided over the 6 week period for the exercises to be completed at home.

If you would like to be referred to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme or discuss possible options that would suit your requirements, please speak with your GP or Health Care Professional or contact the team directly on 01234 730331.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation educational topics:

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.

You can find more information about Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes area on the following website;

Other Respiratory Physiotherapy Services:

In addition to running the Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme the Bedford Hospital Respiratory Therapy Team also provides individual Respiratory Physiotherapy clinics.  As an example, these include interventions for breathlessness management, secretion clearance, dysfunctional breathing and bronchiectasis.

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.

Bronchiectasis – Presented by Nicola Rowe, Respiratory Physiotherapist

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.

Please speak with your GP or Health Care Professional or contact the team directly on 01234 730331 regarding a referral to this service.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital


Inspire – Luton Sports Village

Butterfield Green Road

Clinics: Monday 14.15-16.00PM and Thursday 14.15-16.00PM

Peter Newton Pavilion (behind Tesco)

Skimpot Road

2 Groups : 10:00-11:45am, 11:45-1:15pm

Clinics: Monday and Thursday

Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall

Stanbridge Road

Clinics: Tuesday 14.00-16.00 and Friday 14.00-16.00

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