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Overview of services
The Department of Respiratory Medicine provides a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services and treatments for patients with lung, breathing and other related conditions.
There are currently four respiratory consultants who lead a diverse multi-disciplinary team to deliver a range of respiratory services in both the acute and outpatient setting. These services include:
- Non-Invasive Ventilation and High Flow
- Bronchoscopy and Endobronchial Ultrasound
- Pleural Procedures
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Clinic
- Interstitial Lung disease (ILD)
- Lung Cancer
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Respiratory physiology
- Full cardio-pulmonary exercise testing
- Field exercise testing (Six minute walk test)
- Basic inpatient and outpatient sleep studies
- Bronchial challenge testing
- Measurements of dynamic and static lung volumes
- Hydrogen breath test
- Bronchodilator response
- Respiratory gas exchange
- Muscle function studies
- Blood gas analysis
- Inpatient CPAP titration and support
- Inpatient and urgent NIV titration and support
- Sleep services
- Sleep clinics
- Sleep studies - overnight oximetry
- Sleep studies - cardio-respiratory polygraphy
- Sleep studies - Actigraphy
- CPAP therapy
- BiPAP therapy
Respiratory patients who require admission to Hereford County Hospital are cared for on the respiratory ward . Patients there are looked after by a diverse and dedicated multi-disciplinary team of nurses, doctors and allied healthcare professionals who make use of the wide range of services offered by the department.
The team also works closely with other specialists to provide patient-cantered treatment plans. These specialists include teams within the hospital who work outside of the Respiratory department, such as other medical specialties and Occupational Therapists. Along with this the team has links to departments outside of the hospital, such as the thoracic surgeons in Birmingham, who help the team to deliver care tailored to any given patient’s requirements.
The department engages in local and national audits regularly and actively contributes to clinical trials and research programmes.
They publish work regularly in peer-reviewed journals as well as contributing at national and international specialist conferences.
The team takes an active role in the training of undergraduates and postgraduates offering a diverse placement for students and professionals alike.