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HOPE Respiratory Service

Helping people manage their chronic respiratory conditions

The Hope Specialist Respiratory Service is a referral service from a GP, consultant or other health practitioner for people who have been diagnosed with a chronic lung condition such as Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema or Pulmonary Fibrosis.

A chronic condition is classed as a condition that has lasted for more than three months. Chronic lung diseases cannot be cured, but our Respiratory Service will help you manage your condition and improve your day to day life.

After completing our programmes, people tell us that they are able to walk further and feel more confident about managing their health issues, such as shortness of breath.

They are also able to resume the activities of daily living that many take for granted, such as shopping, gardening, playing with grandchildren, going upstairs, walking the dog and dancing.

What can we offer?

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme

This is an eight week, twice-weekly programme of tailored exercise and education delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of clinical staff and expert volunteers (the Pulmonary Rehab Buddies). The programme is now being delivered face-to-face in the gym again (with some COVID restrictions in place), but we also offer the option of Remote Rehab via Zoom for patients who do not feel able to participate in face-to-face group sessions.

Refresher Programme (starting August 2022)

This is a new six week, twice weekly programme of tailored exercise and education for patients who have previously completed one of our Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes. The sessions will be led by a Technical Instructor and we will be running groups at the Val Waterhouse Centre, Immingham Christian Centre and hopefully other venues in the community.

Early Rehab (Post Exacerbation Fast Track) Programme

This programme is for patients newly discharged from hospital, who have a diagnosis of chronic respiratory disease. You should be provided with information about our Early Rehab service by hospital staff and if you consent to a referral to our service, within a couple of days of your discharge from hospital, we will see you at home to start your rehabilitation. We will work with you, tailoring our intervention to your specific needs.

If appropriate, you will be offered either a Home Rehab programme or a place on a twice-weekly, eight week Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme. Depending on what is most appropriate for you as an individual, you may be offered either a gym-based programme or Remote Early Rehab, which is delivered to you in your own home via Zoom (if you do not currently have broadband and/or a tablet device or laptop/computer, we can help with this).

Special Physiotherapist Led Clinics

  • Respiratory assessments
  • Quality of life assessments
  • Inhaler technique review
  • Acupuncture and Acupressure
  • Hyperventilation Syndrome management

The Respiratory Service also provides:

  • Home visits, assessments and rehabilitation
  • Onward referral, where appropriate, for:
    • Specialist Dietetic Clinic for patients with a BMI of less than 19 or more than 30, with our virtual dietitian
    • Mental health support

“I loved coming. Everyone was very welcoming, nice and considerate, nothing was too much trouble.”

Our volunteer Buddies make all the difference

Essential to the success of our service are our fantastic volunteers, the majority of whom have been through our programme and suffer from a chronic respiratory disease themselves.

Our Volunteer Buddies act as an extra pair of eyes and ears in rehabilitation sessions and also act as positive role models who can offer support and motivation for people going through what they have already been through.

Support after you have completed your programme

There are a number of groups and activities available at HOPE designed to help you apply what you have learnt from your time with us and also give you an opportunity to try new activities and meet up and socialise with other like-minded people.

Click here to find out more about our HOPE activities and clubs

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