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.
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:
Sessions: Tuesday and Friday
Sandy Village Hall
Medusa Way (off Engayne Avenue)
Sessions: Monday and Thursday
Sessions: Monday and Thursday
Please be advised that the following Covid-19 precautions take place at all the venues:
- Staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (including face masks)
- All equipment and venue touch points are regularly cleaned
- Maximum group size is 16 in all 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
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.
- Lung Anatomy, Conditions and Treatments – Presented by Nicola Rowe, Respiratory Physiotherapist
- Breathlessness – Presented by Kez Endersby, Respiratory Assistant Practitioner
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation 1 – Presented by Kez Endersby, Respiratory Assistant Practitioner
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation 2 – Presented by Kez Endersby, Respiratory Assistant Practitioner
- Anxiety Management and Wellbeing Techniques – Presented by Christina Jassi, Psychotherapist
- Energy Conservation – Presented by Kez Endersby, Respiratory Assistant Practitioner
- Food choices – Presented by Nicola Rowe, Respiratory Physiotherapist
- Exercise – Presented by Nicola Rowe, Respiratory Physiotherapist
- Chest Clearance– Presented by Nicola Rowe, Respiratory Physiotherapist
- Medications – Presented by Arpan Sekhon, Pharmacist
- Palliative Care – Presented by Birgid Purcell, Palliative PDN
- A Patient’s Perspective – Presented by Peter
- Video from Respiratory Consultant – Presented by Dr Azher, Respiratory Consultant
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.
Inspire – Luton Sports Village
Butterfield Green Road
Clinics: Monday 14.00-16.00 and Wednesday 14.00-16.00
Peter Newton Pavilion (behind Tesco)
Clinics: Monday 10.00-12.00 and Wednesday 10.00-12.00
Stanbridge and Tilsworth Community Hall
Clinics: Tuesday 14.00-16.00 and Friday 14.00-16.00