Pulmonary Rehabilitation consists of a thorough pre-assessment with an Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist for approximately one hour. During this pre-assessment, your current physical fitness, specific health needs and psycho-social circumstances will be reviewed. Here we identify whether the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme is appropriate for you.
If suitable, you will then be enrolled into the Pulmonary Rehabilitation group with approximately 10 other participants.
Each course consists of two hours, twice weekly for six consecutive weeks. During this, you will receive an individualised exercise programme and respiratory education. There is an expectation for you to attend these sessions and a contract will be agreed with you.
Topics covered are:
- How do the lungs work? And secretion clearance strategies
- Relaxation and breathing control
- Anxiety and stress management
- Activities of daily living and energy conservation
- Exercise principles
- Medication and inhalers
- Correct inhaler technique
- How to continue exercise after Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Breathe Easy Support Group
The Occupational Therapist will set achievable goals which can be reviewed throughout the programme, with the aim to improve quality of life. The physiotherapist will explore in depth your strength and exercise tolerance and formulise a tailored exercise programme suited to you.
Participants who have completed the pulmonary rehabilitation course often find they are able to be more independent with their activities of daily living, can control their breathlessness and anxiety with greater ease and are able to manage their condition with more confidence.
Specialist Physiotherapist: Elizabeth Mount
Occupational Therapist: Penny Spencer
Therapy Assistant: Helen Lees
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is based in Therapy Services, Ground Floor, Harrogate District Hospital.
Therapy Office – 01423 553472
Harrogate Borough Council: Active Health
Breathe Easy Support Group – a respiratory support group: 01423 864412
Adult Social Care North Yorkshire: North Yorkshire County Council
Adult Social Care Leeds: Leeds City Council
British Lung Foundation: range of resources, including leaflets and booklets