Patients & Visitors

Respiratory Services

B49

Respiratory Nurse Specialist Clinics

There are six Respiratory Nurse Specialists (RNS), 1 full-time & 5 part-time working in the department. We provide a specialist nursing service for adult patients with a variety of respiratory conditions.

  • Nurse Led Clinics

    The RNS's see patients with asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis  as well as other respiratory conditions.  In these clinics, changes to treatment and management plans are made and ongoing advice and support provided.

    Telephone clinics are also provided with repeat prescriptions for drugs that cannot be prescribed by community teams.

    A Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme is run by the RNS.  This links in with other pulmonary rehab services.

    In addition, the Nurse Specialists manage a small team of outpatient nurses and support the respiratory clinics run by the medical staff.
  • Tuberculosis (TB)

    We offer a Bath district health authority area service for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TB.  The clinic provides ongoing support to patients with TB and also offers vaccinations for the prevention of TB.  We also provide immigrant screening.
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

    We offer support and advice to patients attending our regional clinic.  This clinic sees patients from the South West and links in to the centre care provided by the Royal Free Hospital in London.
  • Home IV Antibiotic Service

    This is available for some people with bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis.  We work closely with other Community providers so that, where appropriate, patients can receive
    2-week courses of IV antibiotics whilst staying at home.  In certain circumstances  some patients / carers can be trained to give their own IV antibiotics.  We have an excellent Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC line) service provided by radiology.  This enables patients to have comfortable and durable IV access.
  • Interstitial Lung Disease (Lung fibrosis)

    We provide advice and support to people living with this condition including initiating medication plans.
  • Pleural procedure / Thoracoscopy Out-patient Service
    We are currently in the process of assisting the Respiratory Consultants to develop and introduce Out Patient Thoracoscapies.  We already support the Consultants in their weekly pleural procedure clinic.
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

    We work with the CF centre in Bristol providing shared care. Our service is local for patients living in the Bath district health area.

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