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Date: 17 October 2017

Time: 01:01

Respiratory medicine

The Department of Respiratory Medicine currently includes ten consultant respiratory physicians and a consultant clinical scientist whom offer a full range of Respiratory services. All respiratory referals are accepted and specialist clinics are available for the following conditions:

  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) 
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (Pulmonary Fibrosis)
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Occupational and environmental lung disease
  • Oxygen
  • Sleep Apnoea and Lung Failure

General Practitioners are able to book clinic appointments via the choose and book system or via direct referral to the relevant consultant for all clinics with the exception of the Lung Cancer clinics, which are accessed via the Quick and Early Diagnosis department.

The Lung Function and Sleep department provides a full range of routine and specialist investigations, with outreach support to the clinics. Specialist tests include oxygen assessments, bronchial challenge and skin testing for asthma, respiratory muscle testing, sleep studies, and full cardiopulmonary exercise testing. General Practitioners are able to request a number of tests directly. The Lung Function and Sleep department also provide a range of therapies including oxygen treatment, nebuliser issue, CPAP, home ventilation and pulmonary rehabilitation.

The respiratory department also has access to multiple CT and MRI scanners, dedicated lung cytology and histology services, and a full microbiological service. Bronchoscopy, including endobronchial ultrasound, and local anaesthetic thoracoscopy are also provided.

There are two lung cancer specialist nurses and a dedicated COPD support service, including both nursing and therapy support who do outreach community work as well as inpatient work.

The department offer a range of assessment facilities including respiratory health work influences, effects of lung disease on work capabilities and work place assessment. Where necessary we work in collaboration with the Birmingham Chest Clinic. Occupational peak flow assessment using the OASYS method is also available through the respiratory department.

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