A six-week (two sessions a week) Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme offers exercise and coping strategies for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Referral is via the Chest Clinic consultants.
A Sleep Clinic – Consultants can refer patients for tests and a sleep study.
The Respiratory nurse runs clinics, eg nebuliser assessments, and makes home visits to patients on long-term oxygen therapy. Takes referrals from wards and community hospital.
THORT – This hospital-at-home scheme for some patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease runs 7-days-a-week. The Torbay Hospital Outreach Team (THORT) consists of a specialist nurse, two other nurses, a physiotherapist, and a nursing auxiliary, overseen by a hospital consultant or specialist registrar. Referral is by GP to the Emergency Assessment Unit service, where patients will be assessed for THORT or admission to the ward. Some patients admitted to the ward may receive the THORT service when they return home. Patients are only included on this scheme with their consent.