About this service

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a self-management programme for people with lung conditions who experience breathlessness in their daily life and are motivated to take steps to improve.

Pulmonary rehabilitation can improve your quality of life by teaching you techniques to manage your condition and improve your fitness levels.

The programme is held twice a week for six weeks with assessments of your function at the beginning and at the end.

We will:

  • Assess for suitability to complete pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Agree goals with you
  • Provide education and advice on lung conditions and self-management techniques
  • Progressive exercise classes tailored to your abilities
  • We work closely with the Referral to Stop Smoking Services and St Helena Hospice
  • We can also provide referrals to other services such as respiratory physiotherapy, home oxygen, COPD and community rehabilitation services.

If you are interested but cannot commit to a six-week course twice a week and you have COPD – please contact us directly via the Care Coordination Centre 0300 123 24 25 for alternative options. You can also call the NEE Gateway number on 0300 003 21 44.

Pulmonary rehab is not suitable for people who have:

  • Significant and limiting musculoskeletal conditions (i.e. severe arthritis)
  • Unstable angina
  • Acute LVF
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Abdominal Aortic aneurysm

How to access the Service

You can be referred by your doctor, nurse or other health professional.

You can self-refer into the service via allied health professional’s Suffolk website if you are eligible.

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