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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

'Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary programme of care that is individually tailored and designed to optimise patients'  physical and social performance and autonomy (NICE).'

Pulmonary Rehabilitation should be offered to all patients who consider themselves functionally disabled by their breathing condition, yet a large proportion of patients will have COPD. Pulmonary Rehabilitation is not suitable for patients with limiting musculo-skeletal conditions, those who have unstable angina or who have had a recent Myocardial Infarction.

In practice this means that patients will be offered an eight week programme where they are expected to attend twice weekly for two hours. The first and last sessions will be assessments: firstly to establish patients' levels of fitness before and after the rehab, but also to design their individual exercise programme. The rest of the sessions will include one hour of exercising followed by an hour of education to help patients develop skills in order to manage their condition optimally. There will not be more than 16 patients per group.

Please click on the following video link to get more information about Pulmonary Rehab:
Part 1 Understanding Pulmonary Rehabilitation 
Part 2 Understanding Pulmonary Rehabilitation
For more information please see our Pulmonary Rehab Information Leaflet

Who might benefit from Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
The following groups of patients might benefit from being referred to our pulmonary rehabilitation programme:

  • patients who have a diagnosed respiratory condition and
  • are optimally treated for this condition and
  • experience breathlessness in their daily life and
  • are motivated to take part in the programme.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Significant and limiting musculo-sceletal conditions (i.e. severe arthritis)
  • Unstable angina
  • Acute LVF
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias
  • Aortic Stenosis


Where do we run classes?

The service covers the catchment area of North East Essex. 

How do I access this service/refer patients?
New referrals are accepted from hospital medical staff, nurses and GPs.

To refer a patient, click the icon below to access the Community Gateway.



Further Information

Other information leaflets:

How to take care of yourself in cold weather

How to take care of yourself in Hot weather

Managing Breathlessness (leaflet)

What is an Exacerbation (Leaflet)

Sputum Clearance (leaflet)