Cardiothoracic Physiotherapy Services

Asthma

Our asthma awareness and education programme shows asthma sufferers the value of physical coping skills, as knowing how to breathe properly and efficiently will enhance drug therapies and reduce stress levels. Our therapists are trained in various breathing techniques.

Hyperventilation syndrome / dysfunction

We provide a comprehensive assessment and breathing retraining programme and our goal is to alleviate symptoms and empower patients with the knowledge and techniques to manage their illness effectively.

Bronchiectasis treatment and education

We include information on bronchiectasis and provide education on how patients can manage infective exacerbations of their bronchiectasis.

Pneumonia and chest infections

We offer supportive treatment for patients who have difficulties clearing their sputum, who are struggling with their shortness of breath and need advice getting back into their normal routine.
Our physiotherapists also offer programmes to help patients manage their illness.
These include:

Pulmonary rehabilitation programme

The aim of pulmonary rehabilitation is to reduce disability, and improve the quality of life and level of functional independence in people with lung disease and help manage their breathlessness. The rehabilitation process incorporates a programme of physical training, disease education and nutritional advice. Sessions take place in the therapy gym, where we have a range of equipment including a treadmill, exercise bikes and a stepping machine. We tailor the exercises to patients’ individual ability and preferences.

Cardiac rehabilitation programme

We provide a cardiac rehabilitation programme. This is done in our therapy gym and includes exercise testing and a tailor-made programme for each patient. We advise on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make positive health choices personal to them.

Chronic lung disease associated with prematurity:

Parents are taught how to treat their children at home in order to optimise secretion clearance and V/Q matching. Patients are reviewed regularly to progress home treatment according to the child’s developmental ability and progress.

Acute chest infection; pneumonia and Cystic Fibrosis:

Our physiotherapists use play and child-friendly activities to aid in the mobilisation of secretions. Breathing exercises are demonstrated using a variety of age-appropriate equipment and techniques.

Bronchiolitis:

Babies with bronchiolitis are seen on the ward and as Outpatients for thorough assessment. Parents are advised on how to keep their babies comfortable and reduce their work of breathing through positioning and handling. Advice on hydration and recognition of deterioration is explained to parents reducing the need for hospital admission.

Respiratory Complications associated with neurological impairment:
Rehabilitation is complimented by chest physiotherapy dictated by the child’s requirements.