Physiotherapy respiratory outpatient service

Clinic summary

The physiotherapy respiratory outpatient service at Harefield Hospital provides assessment and treatment of patients with acute or chronic respiratory disease, with a focus on empowering patients towards effective long-term self-management.

Respiratory physiotherapy normalises and maximises breathing function through breathing control exercises and re-education, sputum clearance techniques, postural exercises, relaxation therapy and patient education. It may also include use of positive expiratory pressure (PEP) or acapella devices.

Patients can also be assessed for and provided with a compressor/nebuliser.

Patients are assessed on an individual basis, and the number of treatment sessions will vary depending on the specific needs of each patient.

Clinic days 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Who should be referred?

Patients with airway clearance problems, which may include conditions such as:

Patients with dysfunctional breathing patterns, including:

  • hyperventilation syndrome
  • asthma
  • problems with breathlessness
  • panic attacks

How can patients be referred?

We accept referrals from: 

  • consultants
  • GPs 
  • other healthcare professionals including respiratory physiotherapists, and nurse specialists.

Please complete the referral form (XLS, 510KB) and send to:

Physiotherapy outpatients department
Harefield Hospital
Hill End Road
UB9 6JH 

Contact details:

Harefield Hospital patients only 

Telephone: +44 (0)1895 826532 

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 16:30 pm (an answer phone service is available out of these hours)