Harefield Hospital's pulmonary rehabilitation service is the one of the largest and leading rehabilitation programmes in the UK with more than 1,000 referrals per year, and was the first clinical service to receive full national accreditation
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise and educational programme designed to help patients with limiting symptoms due to respiratory conditions such as COPD.
The aim of pulmonary rehabilitation is to improve patients' exercise tolerance and quality of life and reduce breathlessness. There is a strong evidence base to support this.
Harefield Hospital's pulmonary rehabilitation service has been running since 1 September 2009. The programme is run by a dedicated team of respiratory physiotherapists specialised in the delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation.
Harefield Hospital has a custom-built gymnasium with state-of-the-art equipment. We also run several community classes in:
We run eight-week programmes that patients attend twice weekly. Classes run every weekday and patients can choose morning or afternoon sessions.
Patients are given individualised exercise programmes suitable for their level of fitness. Alongside the exercises, there are educational sessions encompassing all aspects of respiratory care.
During the course of the programme, the level of exercise is increased as patients become fitter, so by the end of the programme they are less breathless and better able to cope with daily activities.
We encourage people to continue with an exercise programme at home after they have completed the course in order to maintain its benefits. We can also write a letter for you to take to your local gymnasium if you wish to join one.
Clinic days and times
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm
What makes this clinic unique?
The pulmonary rehabilitation service at Harefield benefits from an expert multidisciplinary team including:
- a chest physician
- specialist respiratory physiotherapists
- physiotherapy assistant practitioners
- a wider educational team, including a psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, dietitian, respiratory nurse specialist and pharmacist.
In addition, the pulmonary rehabilitation service works closely with the respiratory and pulmonary rehabilitation research team (also lead by Dr Man). Their research ensures that we remain focused on continuous improvement in our delivery of a gold standard pulmonary rehabilitation programme and allows our patients to benefit from the use of novel training methods and cutting-edge technology.
What happens on the day of the clinic?
A full explanation of how the programme is structured can be found in the leaflets:
- Your pulmonary rehabilitation programme
- Pulmonary rehabilitation after an exacerbation.
Who should be referred?
Any respiratory patient with limiting breathlessness. We also offer specialist pulmonary rehabilitation for lung transplant recipients and patients recovering from curative lung cancer surgery
We offer a rapid access programme for patients recently discharged from hospital following an exacerbation of their respiratory condition. These patients are offered an assessment within two weeks and enrolment on a course within four weeks of referral.
How can patients be referred?
Referrals can be made by any healthcare professional (eg consultant, GP, nurse, physiotherapist) and can be made:
- using our referral form
- via a letter addressed to:
Pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator
Department of respiratory medicine
Hill End Road
- via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- via fax (safe haven) to 01895 828889.
Please contact the coordinator on 01895 828851 if you have any questions.
Pulmonary rehabilitation contact details:
Pulmonary rehab gymnasium, second floor, Harefield Hospital
Telephone: 01895 828 851
Fax: 01895 828 889
Clinical lead: Dr William Man
Harefield Hospital pulmonary rehab referral form (Word, 137.5KB)