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Respiratory

The respiratory service treats patients with problems of the upper airway, the lungs, the chest wall and the ventilatory control system. Our specialists treat smoking related diseases such as lung cancer, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. They also deal with asthma, collapsed lungs, infectious diseases (e.g. tuberculosis TB), bronchiectasis, chest infections (pneumonia), sleep disorders and respiratory failure. These patients may require non-invasive ventilatory assistance whilst in hospital and at home. Our team is also actively involved in supporting a ‘hospital at home' service for chronic respiratory patients.

Description of service

We provide a full range of outpatient, inpatient and diagnostic services for patients with respiratory illnesses.

Northwick Park Hospital

The department is staffed by two consultants, and six junior doctors who manage 20 beds on Dryden ward.

A respiratory nurse specialist reviews all acute admissions with asthma and COPD.

There is a team of three respiratory physiotherapists managing patients' problems with breathlessness, excessive secretions, and reduced exercise ability due to their varied respiratory medical conditions, as well as providing support for the non-invasive ventilation service and early discharge programme. This service is also provided at Central Middlesex Hospital.

Bronchoscopies are performed at St Mark's endoscopy unit with its state-of-the-art equipment.

There is a lung cancer specialist nurse and lung cancer team coordinator providing support to the lung cancer service.

The Healthcare And Rehabilitation Team (HART) are a multi-disciplinary team funded by the Trust and NHS Harrow. HART consists of eight nurses (two with specialist interest in COPD), physiotherapists, occupational therapists and carers facilitating early discharges and admission avoidance.

Central Middlesex Hospital

The department is staffed by three consultants and six junior doctors.

The respiratory chronic disease practitioners (one nurse and a physiotherapist) provide long term management for severe respiratory patients in the community and when admitted on the wards.

A consultant respiratory physiotherapist clinically oversees the chronic disease practitioners, ward physiotherapists and the hospital at home team (Collaborative Care Team).

The lung function laboratory offers a sleep service as well as lung function diagnostics, exercise testing and oxygen assessments.

Locations

Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

The department is based on Dryden ward on level 4 of Northwick Park Hospital.  The lung function lab is on level 6 of the ward block at the hospital.

Central Middlesex Hospital

The department is located on the ground floor of Central Middlesex Hospital in the cardiology and respiratory medicine centre. 

Contacts

Central Middlesex Hospital

  • Respiratory Secretary
    020 8453 2142 9am - 5pm
  • Lung Function Laboratory
    020 8453 2144 9am - 5pm
  • Patient admin clerk
    020 8963 7134

Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

  • Respiratory Secretary
    020 8869 2613 9am - 5pm
  • Lung Function Laboratory
    020 8869 2608 9am - 5pm

Consultants and other key staff

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