Our respiratory teams assess, treat and monitor patients with respiratory illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and bronchiectasis.

By helping patients self-manage their respiratory disease, we can help prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

We provide respiratory services in Barnet, Harrow, Merton, Wandsworth and West Hertfordshire.

Our respiratory teams offer:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Disease education for self-management
  • Support with managing 'flare-ups' of COPD
  • Chest clearance
  • Medication reviews and advice on medication use
  • Assessment / review of home oxygen therapy

The team also offer:

  • Hospital at home admission avoidance
  • Spirometry (basic lung function) testing - results returned to referring GP for discussion with patients

The team also offer hospital at home admission avoidance.

The Merton team work together with you to manage your lung condition.

We are a multidisciplinary team, specialising in assessment, treatment and education of people with respiratory conditions and their families and carers.

Our team consists of specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapist and rehabilitation assistants.

What we offer:

  • Assessment to provide your individually tailored management plan
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation (exercise & education)
  • Home exercise programmes
  • Specialist oxygen support
  • Help to manage your respiratory condition for example:
    • Advice on breathing techniques and how to manage feelings of breathlessness
    • Advice on how to manage your activities of daily living
    • Advice on relaxation to reduce anxiety related to breathlessness

Our respiratory teams offer:

  • Disease education for self-management
  • Support with managing 'flare-ups' of COPD
  • Medication reviews and advice on medication use
  • Support for patients after discharge from hospital
  • Assessment / review of home oxygen therapy
  • Spirometry (basic lung function) testing - results returned to referring GP for discussion with patients
  • The Wandsworth service offers no pulmonary rehabilitation

Contact details

The West Hertfordshire community respiratory service provides care for patients with a wide spectrum of respiratory conditions, including COPD, asthma, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease, tuberculosis and also obstructive sleep apnoea and domiciliary non-invasive ventilation services.

Our respiratory service is located in Hemel Hempstead, Watford, St Albans, Borehamwood and Potters Bar.

The service works in partnership with consultant respiratory physicians at local acute hospitals to provide consultant clinics across five locations in West Hertfordshire. The team of specialist respiratory nurses and physiotherapist provide hospital at home, home visits, management, home oxygen assessments and review, pulmonary rehabilitation and specialist clinics. Patients are also supported to self-manage their conditions through a seven day a week advice line operating between 8.00am to 20.00pm.

Our services include

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Home oxygen
  • Hospital at home
  • Community respiratory clinic
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)
  • Non-invasive ventilation (NIV); and ¥ tuberculosis nursing service

Patients can contact the service via:

Patients can be referred by their GP, hospital doctor and other healthcare professional. Patients who have previously used the service can self-refer.

Barnet referral information for GPs

Who can refer

  • GP/Practice Nurse
  • Any other Healthcare Professional
  • Self-referral (If known to the service within the last 3 months)

Wandsworth referral information for GPs

Contact details

We accept referrals from GPs, hospital consultants and community healthcare professionals, and once patients are known to the service they can self-refer back to the service during exacerbations or when they require advice and support.

Patients being referred must be living, or registered with a GP, in West Hertfordshire (Dacorum, Hertsmere, St Albans and Harpenden and Watford and Three Rivers localities).

Patients can be referred to the West Herts Community Respiratory Service using Choose and Book or by completing and submitting a referral form by email: westherts.resp@nhs.net or via eFax: 0300 008 3133.

Contact details

Referral forms

Inclusion

This service is for patients:

  • Who are aged 18 and over
  • Who are registered with a GP within the NHS Wandsworth CCG area
  • Who have a diagnosed respiratory long-term condition – including COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis

Exclusion

  • Non-respiratory oxygen assessment and review
  • Breathless patients without confirmed appropriate respiratory diagnosis

Asthma

  • Adults diagnosed with moderate to severe asthma with uncontrolled asthma
  • Adult asthmatics admitted to hospital (reviewed within four weeks)
  • Diagnosed asthmatics suffering from hyperventilation / disordered breathing

Bronchiectasis

  • Confirmed diagnosis of bronchiectasis and condition unstable
  • Frequent exacerbations / admissions (> two per year)
  • Patients on nebulised antibiotics
  • Patients requiring chest physiotherapy

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Confirmed diagnosis of COPD and condition unstable
  • Frequent exacerbations / hospital admissions (>two per year)
  • Clinical symptoms disproportionate to lung function tests or clinical decline
  • Problematic withdrawal of steroids
  • Complex patients requiring specialist MDT review

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

  • Patients suspected of OSA requiring sleep study and CPAP
  • Epworth score greater than 11
  • Loud and continuous snoring and excessive sleepiness affecting work & social activities
  • Existing CPAP patients to be transferred to local community CPAP service

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Respiratory patient functionally limited by breathlessness with MRC dyspnoea three & four

Home Oxygen Therapy

  • All Adults requiring home oxygen assessment
  • SpO2 less than 92%

Tuberculosis Nursing

  • Contact tracing
  • Treatment supervision including Directly Observed Therapy
  • Advice on TB management

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

  • Confirmed diagnosis and shared care with specialist commissioned centres

Non-Invasive Ventilation

  • Respiratory conditions but not neurological conditions

Home visits are available for this service but please check in your specific area first.

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