Oxygen Machine being adjusted by hands

Who is this service for?

The Community Respiratory Service is made up of health care professionals who specialise in providing services for people with chronic respiratory diseases. This service is available for any adult who is over 18 years, who lives in the Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset area and is registered with a GP from these areas.

What we do

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation service is a treatment programme for people with long term lung conditions, whose breathing is causing them difficulty when moving around or carrying out daily activities. The programme will combine a personalised activity plan with education and advice to help people with lung conditions feel more in control of their condition.

People can be referred to this service by a healthcare professional, or people who have a diagnosis of a long-term lung condition can also self-refer by contacting the Community Respiratory Team. People who self-refer must be happy for our team to speak to their GP to gain their full medical history prior to attendance at the group.

Our programmes run on varying days and times between Monday to Friday, at locations across the whole of Bristol, North somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation:

  • Help to improve your muscle strength, so you can use the oxygen you breathe more efficiently
  • Improve your general fitness and help you to cope better with feeling out of breath
  • Help you to feel to stronger and fitter, and able to do more.

What happens in a pulmonary rehabilitation course?

You’ll work with our team of specialists through a programme of exercise and information; we’ll support you to become fitter and encourage you to self-manage your condition.

Before the programme starts we will find out:

  • what you can and cannot do;
  • how activity affects you; and
  • how you are feeling and coping with your condition.

The programme runs for six weeks with two sessions a week for up to 18 people at one time. People attend for two hours; approximately one hour of exercise and one hour of advice, education and discussion.

Topics might include:

  • Breathing techniques to use when recovering your breath, or during physical activity or if you feel anxious
  • Why exercise is so important for people with lung conditions
  • How to manage stress
  • Healthy eating
  • How to use your inhalers and other medicines
  • What to do when you are unwell.

Potential participants will receive a comprehensive assessment before being accepted onto the programme as well as a pre-discharge review.

How do I access this service?

You can be referred in to the service by:

  • Your GP
  • Community Matron
  • District Nurses
  • Other healthcare professionals
  • Self referral

I’m a clinician – how do I make a referral to this service?

Referral information and other clinical guidance can be found on the Integrated Care Board’s Remedy site:

Exclusion criteria to consider before referral:

  • Unstable cardiac conditions
  • Severe cognitive deficit
  • Cancer with poor prognosis
  • Psychiatric disease affecting memory/behaviour/compliance
Service provided by Sirona

Community Respiratory team

0300 124 5909 – for Pulmonary rehabilitation and Home oxygen queries

0333 230 1471 – Advice and guidance for healthcare professionals only

Other contact information

sirona.respiratory@nhs.net

Opening hours

Monday – Sunday 8am – 6:30pm