COPD is a major cause of ill health in the UK, affecting at least 900,000 people.
COPD is an umbrella term that covers many specific respiratory conditions, including:
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We offer a world-class, multidisciplinary service to patients suffering with COPD. This includes patients in the local community and across the UK.
Within the Trust, we have expertise in:
non-invasive ventilation (NIV)
systemic manifestations of COPD
epidemiology of COPD
basic disease mechanisms of COPD.
COPD rapid access clinic
The COPD rapid access clinic is available for local patients who need specialist hospital input about their treatment. Appointments for this clinic have to be directly booked via the 'Choose and Book' system. Dr Nicholas Hopkinson and Dr Omar Usmani lead this clinic, with support from specialist COPD physiotherapist, Victoria Lord.
The clinic emphasises self-management strategies including inhaler technique and recognising exacerbations.
Royal Brompton Hospital
We have a twice-weekly pulmonary rehabilitation that takes place at Royal Brompton Hospital. You can find the physiotherapy gym on the second floor of South Block, on Fulham Road.
Find out more information about how to get to Royal Brompton Hospital.
We have daily pulmonary rehabilitation clinics at Harefield Hospital. This is the largest single-site pulmonary rehabilitation programme in the UK, with more than 1,000 referrals each year. We have several community clinics held in the surrounding area for local communities.
Find out more information about how to get to Harefield Hospital.
You can find out more about support groups for people with COPD by clicking on the 'Information' tab.
Breathe Easy support group
If you are living with lung disease, it is really important to make friends with others who are going through something similar. Breathe Easy gives you the opportunity to do just that. The group involves informal and friendly discussions in a supportive atmosphere. It is for local residents and their carers who are living with chronic lung conditions.
Singing for Breathing workshops
Singing for Breathing is a programme for patients to use singing as a way to learn about breathing techniques whilst having fun! It aims to enhance existing physiotherapeutic support for those with chronic respiratory conditions.
We currently have three groups who meet at both Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals during the week. These groups are open to all respiratory patients at the Trust.
Find out more information about Singing for Breathing.
Meet the team
- Dr Nicholas Hopkinson
- Professor Michael Polkey
- Dr Matthew Hind
- Dr Jenni Quint
- Dr Omar Usmani
- Dr Sam Kemp
- Dr Dennis Carr
COPD specialist physiotherapist
- Bhavin Mehta (bleep 1050)
Tel: 020 7349 7775
Fax: 020 7349 7778
Download the COPD referral form (PDF, 193KB)
Letters to be addressed to
Dr Man or Dr Natanek,
Department of Respiratory Medicine
Hill End Road
Letters can be faxed (safe haven) to 01895 828851