What does this service provide?

Who we are 

We are a team of nurses, physiotherapists, consultants, psychologists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, assistant practitioners, rehabilitation assistants and administrators caring for patients with respiratory conditions.

What we do 

Our team provides a high-quality personalised exercise and education programme. Patients with COPD and other chronic lung conditions are offered an encouraging, stimulating and compassionate environment to educate and learn supporting exercises to improve their condition. We support our patients to achieve their ambitions and goals whilst receiving excellent care in the heart of the community. 

We provide services including exercise and education classes, oxygen assessment and therapy, nursing and physiotherapy interventions, nebuliser loan service and a seven-day rapid response service. We also offer reviews of adults with home oxygen. 

Appointment information

Appointment types 

We offer appointments in clinics, in patient's homes, in community centres and over the phone.

You will be informed by letter and text message regarding the location of your appointment. 

Who you'll see 

You will meet with one of our clinicians who will agree the most appropriate treatment plan for you. You may also be referred onto to another member of the team due to different knowledge specialities in our service. 

Some patients are referred in for just the Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme, while others are taken onto the full service for multi-disciplinary input depending on their needs. 

Frequently asked questions

Will I be able to speak with a nurse if I am unwell? 

If you call and speak with an administrator, you will receive a call back from a clinician within 2 hours.

Sometimes when I call in it goes straight though to an answerphone. Will I still get a call back? 

In evenings and weekends, the calls go through to a voicemail. Please leave your name and contact number. The messages will be picked up by the duty clinician and you will get a call back.

Do I call you if I need a repeat prescription? 

No, please use your medication ordering service or call your GP

Do I call you if I need more oxygen cylinders? 

Please call the oxygen supplier for a normal replenishment of your oxygen supplies. If you need more oxygen because you are unwell, please call us. 

I am not getting on with my inhalers or medication. Can I call you to discuss? 

If you have been known to our service in the last two years we can discuss your respiratory medication with you. 

How can I access this service?

We provide care for patients over the age of 18 who are registered with a Brighton and Hove GP.

To access our service you will need to be referred to us by either your GP or consultant.

You will need to have received a clear diagnosis with evidence from clinical tests of at least one of the following four respiratory conditions:

  • COPD
  • bronchiectasis
  • interstitial lung disease
  • asthma

In addition to respiratory conditions, we see:

  • any patient that has home oxygen
  • any patient that has a nebuliser compressor on loan from us

Self-referral is available to access our rapid response service, if you have been known to the service (for management of your respiratory condition) at any point in the last two years.

If you are known to the service, you can telephone the service, up to two years after your last contact, for advice about self-management, or assessment if you are unwell.

How can I contact this service?

Contact details
Telephone: 01273 265593 option 1
Where to find our clinics
Address: Dyke Building, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3EW

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Please note we are unable to offer clinic appointments at Brighton General Hospital.  

Opening hours

The service is open from Monday to Friday, from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Weekends and bank holidays the opening hours are from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Waiting times

We aim to provide new patient assessments within eight weeks.

The call back response time for patients who are unwell is two hours.

Waiting times for pulmonary rehabilitation are up to six months.

Where can I find resources for this service?

Asthma and lung UK – website for UK lung charity.

Action for pulmonary fibrosis – website for patient-driven Pulmonary Fibrosis charity.

Living with COPD Booklet – downloadable booklet on living with COPD by Asthma + Lung UK.

How to use your inhaler | Asthma + Lung UK (asthmaandlung.org.uk) –videos on how to use your inhalers.

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