Pulmonary rehabilitation is a programme designed to specifically assist people with chronic lung conditions through exercise and education.
It has been shown to improve exercise tolerance, mobility, reduce breathlessness and improve self-confidence in people who suffer with chronic chest conditions.
The programme is based physical exercise training which is aimed to target individual rehabilitation needs. The programme includes both aerobic and strength training exercises as well as balance, endurance and flexibility.
In addition to this, there is also an educational component that family/carers can attend along with the patient that aims to improve understanding of the respiratory condition and treatments available.
There is the option to attend only the education sessions or be prescribed a home exercise programme.
The service is led is a specialist physiotherapist; and the team includes physiotherapists, assistant practitioners and exercise instructors. The education sessions are led by the relevant specialists and include respiratory nurses, pharmacists, dieticians and occupational therapists.
Assessments take place at Ormskirk hospital. Classes are usually held in the physiotherapy department on a Monday and Friday morning between 11am and 1pm. There is the option to exercise in a venue closer to home or to exercise at home.
Referrals can be made by consultants, GPs (via e-referral) or any health care professional.
Patients can self-refer and a letter will be sent to their GP.
Melanie Reardon Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
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