Respiratory service


Brent Community Respiratory Services is comprised of four elements, two of which are provided in a seasonal fluctuating way. This innovative provision allows more pulmonary rehabilitation availability in the winter months and conversely more oxygen reviews in the summer months.

The four elements are:

  1. Pulmonary rehabilitation
  2. Hospital supported discharge
  3. Oxygen review
  4. Primary education

1. Pulmonary Rehabilitation 

  • Do you get breathless walking?
  • Have you got a chronic breathing problem?
  • Have you smoked?

Pulmonary rehabilitation might be for you. Breathe better, feel good, do more.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an education and exercise course provided to patients in Brent affected by chronic respiratory conditions like COPD, bronchiectasis, lung fibrosis, chronic asthma, kyphoscolisios and pre/post lung transplant or lung reduction surgery.

Once referred patients will be invited to attend a holistic assessment after which, if deemed suitable, patients will be enrolled onto a six week course consisting of two hour sessions twice a week (one hour of exercise plus an hour educational talk to help you better understand your condition and how to self-manage).

If patients are accepted for the course, they are required to commit to the six weeks course, after which they will be discharged with a self-management programme. 

More information about the programme and how patients can be referred can be found here or call 020 8453 2079.

2. Hospital supported discharge

This is a new development, where we will see patients at home who have been discharged from hospital following an admission for their chronic respiratory condition, e.g. COPD, ILD, Bronchiectasis. We visit them p within seven days of their discharge, perform a comprehensive review, identify any medical needs, create a self management plan, refer onto relevant services e.g. pulmonary rehabilitation, and communicate with their GP. We will aim to see these patients three to four times over a three month period to encourage self management behaviours whilst the patient remains under the care of their GP. This is not a rapid response service, and STARRS will continue to provide this for these patients.

3. Oxygen review

This enables patients who currently receive oxygen to be reviewed and optimised with regards to their prescription and devices - we will review long term oxygen therapy patients as well as ambulatory patients. Initiation of oxygen will still require referral to secondary care. We can also be a source of advice for any HCP with regards to the proper oxygen process and equipment difficulties. We do not require referrals, as we will automatically receive the patients details from the oxygen provider.

4. Primary care education

We will provide a series of regular educational events covering a wide range of topics about chronic respiratory care for GP's and practice nurses. We can also visit individual practices for educational purposes. If you would like us to visit your practice, please contact us on 020 8453 2079.

Pulmonary rehab service