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The Community Respiratory Team (CRT) is a team made up of specialist respiratory nurses, physiotherapists and 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. NHS logo

Referral can be from GP's, Practice Nurses or hospital consultants by letter or referral form.  GP's 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 General Practitioner, Practice Nurse to ensure the best treatment for your condition. We will also refer you to other specialist teams within Medway Community Health Care 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.

We provide:-
  • An "unwell service” which, where appropriate, we can offer a same day appointment for our patients, helping to treat acute episodes promptly and preventing unnecessary admission to hospital.  
  • Specialist dietetic input, including nutritional support for patients with respiratory conditions.
  • Suitable patients will be offered the opportunity to attend our local pulmonary rehabilitation exercise classes which run in Medway throughout the year.
  • We run oxygen clinics and when necessary prescribe oxygen and provide reviews for those on oxygen therapy.
  • We are able to offer reviews for patients on request by the patient these reviews take place within 4 weeks of the request being made.

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.

  • Clinical support and advice is available Monday to Friday 8am to 4:15pm, on 01634 382860
  • Regular clinics are run at Parkwood Healthy Living Centre, Keystone , and Sheppey Community Hospital
  • Patient’s seen by the unwell service will be seen in their home.

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.

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