Airedale Hospital celebrates pulmonary rehab week
Staff and patients from the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Pulmonary Rehabilitation service are celebrating National Pulmonary Rehabilitation week (19 to 24 June). This invaluable service is aimed at patients with chronic lung disease who are limited by breathlessness, coughing and tiredness.
As part of the service, exercise classes are offered where patients exercise at a level suitable for their individual ability. They also have education sessions and group discussion about a whole range of subjects related to lung health. This includes inhalers, medication, breathlessness, sputum clearance and hospital admissions. Pulmonary rehabilitation classes take place at several local venues including Keighley Leisure Centre.
Helen Goulding, pulmonary rehabilitation team leader at Airedale, says, “Patients who sign up for and complete the pulmonary rehabilitation course benefit hugely from this service. They tell us they can walk further, walk faster, feel stronger and less tired.”
Patients can be referred by any healthcare professional and are encouraged to discuss a referral if they think they may benefit from attending. Anyone interested in attending pulmonary rehabilitation should contact their GP, practice nurse or other healthcare professional who knows them well. Alternatively, they can ring 01535 295085 and ask to speak to Helen Goulding.