The service is now close to the hospital's main wards and key medical services in a newly refurbished area. It has its own dedicated clinic rooms and rehabilitation exercise rooms. Previously, patients with respiratory problems who needed therapy or rehabilitation would have been seen in general outpatient areas or exercise areas in a number of other parts of the hospital.
Sister Tracy Gallacher, Specialist Respiratory Nurse said: "At Salisbury District Hospital we provide a whole range of services for people with chronic lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and lung cancer and we will see around 170 people a month."
"Having our own clinic rooms and exercise areas means that we can now provide more flexible and convenient access for our patients, whether they need to see a specialist nurse for assessment, tests or advice as an outpatient or if they need to come to us as an inpatient for therapy and rehabilitation."
Sister Gallacher added: " The new move also has benefits for our staff. Doctors, specialist nurses and physiotherapists are all based in the same area, which helps with the overall process of assessment, care and treatment. We also have the equipment and facilities close at hand, and faster access to wards if we need it." Ends
Notes to Editors:
WORLD COPD DAY
· Specialist staff from the respiratory service will have a display in the main entrance at Salisbury District Hospital on November 14. This will highlight COPD day, create awareness and provide advice for people who have a COPD.
· COPD is a term that is used to describe the end result of a number of conditions including chronic bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchial airways) and emphysema (loss of elasticity in the air sacs in the lungs), and, in some cases asthma. COPD implies long term damage to the airways in the lungs, in effect narrowing of the airways, which makes it harder for air to get in and out. Patients with COPD will suffer from breathlessness, coughing and wheezing.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, SP2 8BJ. Tel: 01722 425170