Out-patient and Community Specialist Clinic:
Patients may require confirmation of diagnosis or a full assessment of their lung condition, especially in cases where the condition may not be responding to treatment as well as expected or where further investigation or medication optimisation is required. They may also require advice on airway clearance or with breathing pattern disorders from specialist physiotherapists. Currently these clinics are held in Lymington, Hythe and Romsey hospitals.
Oxygen Assessment Clinics:
This service is offered to patients who may need oxygen therapy as part of their treatment plan. A full assessment is undertaken, which may include a blood test and a walk test. It is important that everybody who has oxygen at home attends these clinics. These appointments are routinely in the out-patient clinics but patients will have a home visit to discuss safety and fire risks and to ensure they are confident and happy with their oxygen therapy.
This is a specialised exercise and information class for people with lung conditions. The pulmonary rehabilitation programme is designed to improve the wellbeing of people with long term respiratory lung conditions, improve their physical fitness, and help the patient and their carers to understand their condition and control symptoms. The programme teaches the patient how to deal with flare ups (exacerbations) and most importantly how to get on and enjoy life as much as possible. The patient attends the class for 2 hours per week for a period of 8 weeks. They will be invited for an initial assessment prior to commencing the class. Currently classes are held in Hythe, Lymington, Milford-on-Sea, Ringwood, Winchester, Andover, Bursledon and Eastleigh.
Palliative Care support:
The team works with Oakhaven Hospice to give advice and support to help patients and their carers control the symptoms of breathlessness, pain and other distressing symptoms such as panic, anxiety and depression that can be associated with severe and late-stage lung disease.
Advice and resource:
Advice can be given over the telephone for clinicians, patients and carers during the hours of 8am -4.00pm Monday to Friday.
How do I access the service?
To access our service, please speak to your GP or practice nurse who will make a referral.