Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) provides a wide range of high quality community health services for Medway residents; from health visitors and district nurses to speech and language therapists and out of hours urgent care.
The Community Respiratory Team (CRT) is a team made up of specialist respiratory nurses, physiotherapists and a dietitian whose advanced skills provide comprehensive respiratory assessments to patients in Medway with the lung conditions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease (ILD) and Bronchiectasis.
Referral can be from GPs, practice nurses or hospital consultants by letter or referral form. GPs and practice nurses should arrange for people to have spirometry testing prior to referral to the service and the results need to be sent to the team on the referral form to confirm diagnosis.
We can use a range of treatments to help you to better manage your lung condition and to monitor the progression of your specific lung disease. Depending on clinical need, we are able to offer you medication reviews, oxygen assessments, dietetic assessments and pulmonary rehabilitation. Using expert knowledge, we aim to ensure that any treatment for your condition is optimised and individualised in accordance with national guidelines. We liaise with your GP, practice nurse to ensure the best treatment for your condition. We will also refer you to other specialist teams within Medway Community Healthcare where necessary.
We also work with the Respiratory Consultants at the hospital to provide a seamless transition to hospital clinics where necessary. If you are admitted to hospital with a respiratory condition we will review you within two weeks of discharge.
If you think we could help you please contact your GP or healthcare professional and ask them to carry out Spirometry (a quick and painless test which measures how well you can breathe) to be certain you will benefit from a referral to our team.
All referrals must be completed by a GP or healthcare professional using the online referral form or by post using our downloadable form to the address below.
Further information about respiratory conditions can be found on the British Lung Foundation website or the helpline: 08458 50 50 20.
If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding a child or adult please see the page linked for more information on how to proceed.
Community respiratory team
Medway Community Healthcare
Unit 7, Ambley Green, Bailey Drive,
Gillingham Business Park, Gillingham, Kent ME8 0NJ