The community outreach team are an integral part of the Brompton’s well established Sleep and Ventilation Service. It has been to developed to support patients at home or in a care facility who have complex chronic respiratory conditions and need mechanical ventilation through a tracheostomy tube or mask ventilation.
This allows patients to be treated in their own homes and reduces the need for hospital admissions. The service is flexible and responsive to individual patients’ needs.
The service also offers weaning advice and support to other intensive care units for patients who have difficulty in weaning after a long time on mechanical ventilation OR require support and advice in discharging long term ventilated patients back into the community
There are five main strands of the service:
- the assessment and set up of complex and difficult to transfer patients onto domiciliary non-invasive ventilation
- the assessment, set up and support of patients who are being discharged home and who need long-term invasive ventilation through a tracheostomy tube or have a long-term tracheostomy tube without ventilation
- weaning advice and support in local critical care units
- outpatient clinics at the patients home or care home
- emergency and ad-hoc patient visits in the community.
To refer a patient for any of the services offered by the Sleep and Ventilation Team, including Outreach, at the Royal Brompton Hospital please fill in the Referral Proforma and email to: email@example.com
On receipt of the referral, the patient will be discussed at our weekly MDT meeting and actioned within 2 weeks of the referral.