Respiratory medicine is the branch of medicine that treats people with diseases affecting the lungs and breathing.
Common symptoms of lung disease include: shortness of breath, wheezing, long-term cough, coughing up blood, and having chest pains. A lot of different conditions are seen in the Department for instance asthma, COPD, fibrosis of the lungs, lung cancer, pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs), lung disease caused by work, and numerous uncommon disorders.
Your GP will refer you to one of our clinics if they are concerned about your lungs or breathing and want a specialist opinion. The referral is prioritised depending on urgency, with waiting times of 2 weeks to 6 months.
Recommendations and options regarding your diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed with you and a letter will be sent to your GP.
You need to bring to your appointment:
1. any letters or reports from your doctor or another hospital
2. any X-rays, CT (computer tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) films and reports
3. all medicines you are currently taking, including herbal and natural remedies
4. your pharmaceutical entitlement card.
If you have any change in your condition before you come to your appointment, please see your GP immediately.
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Team: The Respiratory Department
Respiratory services provided by the Department consist of outpatient clinics, a surgical assessment unit and inpatient (ward) care.
The Department is staffed by respiratory physicians (doctors who specialise in treating conditions of the lungs), specially trained nurses, technicians, physiotherapists, and registrars (doctors training to be specialists).
How to get in touch:
Clinical Nurse Specialist- Ali Weatherley 06 869 0500 Ext 8920