The respiratory service treats patients with problems of the upper airway, the lungs, the chest wall and the ventilatory control system.
Central Middlesex, Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals
Our team manages all the common respiratory diseases: obstructive diseases such as COPD, emphysema, asthma and bronchiectasis; restrictive diseases such as Pulmonary Fibrosis and chest wall problems; lung cancer; respiratory infections, pleural disease and occupational lung diseases.
We manage patients with acute respiratory failure who 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.
Tuberculosis (TB) is managed by the Infectious Diseases Team at Northwick Park Hospital and by the Respiratory team at Central Middlesex Hospital.
We provide a range of outpatient, inpatient and diagnostic services for patients with respiratory illnesses.
The lung function laboratories offers Lung Function diagnostics, exercise testing and oxygen assessments. There is also a Sleep service operating at Central Middlesex Hospital.
The respiratory medicine department offers outpatient, day case and inpatient treatment for adults with a wide range of respiratory diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), lung cancer and tuberculosis (TB). There is a dedicated chest clinic which is open Monday-Friday.
Services offered at Ealing Hospital include:
- Outpatient clinics - for assessment of any adult patient with a respiratory problem
- Specialist nurse-led clinics in asthma, COPD, and TB
- Lung function laboratory
- Bronchoscopy service
- Smoking-cessation advice
- Day-case admission for specialist investigations
- Eight-week pulmonary rehabilitation course
- Specialist inpatient respiratory ward
- Multidisciplinary team (respiratory medicine specialist, oncologist, thoracic surgeon, radiologist, cancer nurse specialist) for dealing with lung cancer patients.
Outpatient referrals are taken from GPs, other hospital specialists and from the accident and emergency department. The asthma and COPD specialist nurses are available to see all inpatients admitted with these diseases. The TB-specialist nurse team takes referrals from GPs, practice nurses, health visitors and school nurses.