With a dedicated Respiratory unit the team consists of four Consultants supported by a team of medical staff, Specialist Nurses and a Physiotherapist.
An outpatient service consists of both consultant and nurse-led clinics including asthma There is also inpatient ward care, non-invasive ventilatory support, ITU and HDU access and bronchoscopy and EBUS (Endo Bronchial Ultrasound) services The service also provides full lung volumes, gas transfer, pulmonary function testing including whole body Plethysmography, flow volume loops, Nebuliser therapy, spiral and multislice CT, MRI and Nuclear medicine on site.
The service participates in cancer network programmes, and there is also a pulmonary rehabilitation programme.
We offer a dedicated weekly "lung cancer day". This has been set up on a weekly basis (every Tuesday).
- All suspected lung cancers are seen early in the morning, in the outpatient clinic
- CT imaging is performed later the same morning and reported by a designated Radiologist
- Following consultation with the Radiologist, the Chest Consultant will arrange for a bronchoscopy
- If PET imaging is deemed necessary, the request would be made immediately
- The lung MDT (Multi Disciplinary Team Meeting) takes place to review histology and decide on management
- Patients are reviewed the day after the MDT(Multi Disciplinary Team Meeting) (late in the morning of the next Investigation Day) to advise of diagnosis and agree a management plan
In addition to providing an efficient and effective service for patients and responding to the Peer Review recommendations, the establishment of this clinic also support the achievement of the 14, 31 and 62 day National Cancer Targets.