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
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