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Enhanced pulmonary rehab service

22 November 2018

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation service in south east Essex will now offer more options to patients on how they receive their treatment, tailoring the care to suit the needs of individuals.

The programme, delivered by Southend University Hospital, includes 12 supervised sessions run over a six week period by qualified health professionals and will now deliver pulmonary rehabilitation through either a centre-based programme, a home-based programme or a hybrid programme offering a mixture of centre-based sessions with exercise and education at home.

An additional centre has also been set up in St Luke's community centre in Southend.

Jenny Gates, Rehabilitation Inpatients Clinical Manager, said: "Pulmonary rehabilitation is a programme of exercise and education for people with respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis and having this service is incredibly important for our patients, particularly during the winter months where breathing can become more difficult in cold weather.

"This enhanced service will enable our patients to get the tailored care they need, whether that's at one of our four centres across the south east Essex region, at home using telephone support or a combination of the two."

The service will continue to provide exercise rehabilitation, disease specific education and advice for the self-management of chronic lung conditions.

Jenny continues: "When people suffer with a breathing problem, becoming short of breath can be very frightening and uncomfortable and so they may naturally try to avoid activities which make them breathless. Over time this can result in reducing the amount of activity that they do. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help break this vicious cycle of reduced activity and increased breathlessness and improve the quality of life.

"Having increased the number of available centres in the area and by adopting the option for home-based support via telephone, we should be able to help a lot more people stay fit and healthy this winter."

For more information about the service, please contact jenny.gates@southend.nhs.uk

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