What we do
We provide a specialist service to patients who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and work as part of the hospital respiratory team. The occupational therapy service may be provided at Harrogate District Hospital, Ripon Community Hospital or your home depending upon your individual needs. Therapy can include:
Hospital based pulmonary rehabilitation programme (link to pulmonary rehabilitation programme –please add link) in which the occupational therapist will assist you whilst you participate in exercises and provide a group relaxation session afterwards. During the eight week programme, talks are given relating to managing stress and conserving energy for people with breathing conditions. Individual functional problems can be assessed whilst you are attending the group and any equipment can be supplied as appropriate.
Assessment of activity of daily living abilities – assessment can be carried out in your home with the goal of improving quality of life. Advice can be given regarding pacing activity to breathing efficiency.
Equipment can be supplied and fitted; instruction for use and adequate time for practicing using it safely can be carried out in your home environment, for example, the occupational therapist can arrange to be in your home for an assessment and anxiety management when you first use bath aids.
A community stress / anxiety management programme is available for you if you are assessed as very anxious or suffering from stress – you will have an individual treatment programme built around your preferences and needs. There are different therapies which can be offered which can include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), relaxation techniques, visualisation and imagery, breathing control and deeper relaxation therapy.
When we are open
The Pulmonary Occupational Therapy Service is located in the Occupational Therapy Department, which is available Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4pm.
Who you will meet
Vera Davison, Senior Physiotherapist
Celia Wood, Specialist Occupational Therapist
Malcolm Taylor, Higher Rehabilitation Assistant
Where to find us
Our department is part of the Therapy Services department on the ground floor of Harrogate District Hospital
How to contact us
Occupational Therapy Department telephone: 01423 553406
Fax: 01423 553403
Therapy Services reception telephone. 01423 553472
Related support groups / further links
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Asthma UK: www.asthma.org.uk
Carers Resource (Harrogate / Craven / Airedale): A local specialist carers’ centre providing support for carers no matter what their age, race, religion or needs www.carersresource.org
Contact the Elderly: A lifeline of friendship to relieve loneliness often felt by people who live alone with little or no social support - www.contact-the-elderly.org
British Lung Foundation please add details
British Heart Foundation - www.bhf.org.uk
William Merritt Disabled Living Centre and Mobility service: The centre is a charity which offers impartial information and advice - www.williammerrittleeds.org
Supporting Older People (North Yorkshire / York) telephone: 01423 531490
Social Services Customer Services telephone: 0845 0349410
Smoking Cessation please add details
Little Red Bus – providing community and public transport in your area - www.littleredbus.co.uk
Walk Out Well 50 – a local walking group to gain all the benefits of regular exercise whilst meeting new people and seeing new places of interest – please add contact information
Information for our patients
You will be given clinical information leaflets after assessments, as part of your treatment programme