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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

Locations

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 for 6 weeks, it includes exercise and education.

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

Jubilation Centre

Jubilee Park

Moulton Avenue

Bedford

Bedfordshire

MK42 0HL

Sessions: Tuesday and Friday

Scott Hall Community Centre

Barford Avenue

Bedford

MK42 ODT

Sessions: Tuesday and Friday

Sandy Village Hall

Medusa Way (off Engayne Avenue)

Sandy

Bedfordshire

SG19 1BN

Sessions: Monday and Thursday

Parkside Hall

Woburn Road

Ampthilll

MK45 2HX

Sessions: Monday and Thursday

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

  • Staff regularly test and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (including face masks)
  • All equipment and venue touch points are regularly cleaned
  • Group sizes are smaller to accommodate social distancing in the venues
  • Patients are asked to wear mask/visors, if able, when entering/exiting and moving around the venue
  • Venues are well ventilated throughout the session

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.

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

Locations

Inspire – Luton Sports Village

Butterfield Green Road
Luton
LU2 8DD
Clinics: Monday 14.00-16.00 and Wednesday 14.00-16.00

Peter Newton Pavilion (behind Tesco)

Skimpot Road
Dunstable
LU5 4JU
Clinics: Monday 10.00-12.00 and Wednesday 10.00-12.00

Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall

Stanbridge Road
Tilsworth
LU7 9PN
Clinics: Tuesday 14.00-16.00 and Friday 14.00-16.00