Our respiratory nursing team look after patients with various respiratory conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung diseases and tuberculosis (TB).
We have a team of four specialist nurses working with the support of the chest physicians at Scunthorpe General Hospital. Nurses work both in the hospital and in community settings and services include a home oxygen assessment and review service for patients with lung disease. This ensures oxygen is prescribed appropriately and safely and patients are followed up in their own home to offer that extra support and guidance. Staff also run a pulmonary rehabilitation programme in collaboration with the physiotherapists for patients with chronic lung disease whose lives are blighted and affected by breathlessness. Their role also involves inpatient management of respiratory diseases during an acute phase of the disease. They visit wards within the hospital daily where they offer support, guidance and education about the management of respiratory disease to patient’s carers and staff.
Pulmonary rehabilitation programme
This six week programme of exercise and education is provided by the multidisciplinary team. The courses are run twice weekly at the hospital and at the Pods, which is the local leisure centre. The programme offers patients the opportunity to gain better control of their breathing, increase their exercise tolerance and improve the quality of their lives and also that of their carers. It also offers them the opportunity to meet fellow sufferers. The programme is positively evaluated and appreciated by patients and carers.
We have seen an increase in TB in Scunthorpe in recent years and the team work very hard to support patients through treatment. We also work hard to detect any new cases with the aim of preventing and controlling the spread of TB and provide a new entrant TB screening service for people entering the UK from countries classified as ‘high risk’ for TB, with the aim of detecting any undiagnosed cases of TB disease or infection and offering treatment where indicated.
Andrea Gough – Lead respiratory/TB nurse specialist bleep #6379
Deborah Wilson – Respiratory nurse specialist #6578
Andrea Gollings – Respiratory nurse specialist bleep #6157
Alexandra Wrigley – Respiratory nurse specialist # 6536
Appointments: (01724) 203404 or 03033 306542
Our nurses work with the chest consultants,ward doctors, and also with the nurses on the main respiratory ward. They also work closely with their colleagues in the community to provide support for patients after they are discharged from hospital.
Home Oxygen service
This ensures that local patients who require oxygen are assessed correctly and provided with the appropriate equipment and support. Our clinics are based in the hospital, but staff also visit patients in their own homes where it is indicated. A telephone support service is offered to oxygen patients, and patients or community staff may ring up for advice or support during our working week.
Home Non Invasive Ventilation Service
This is a service which provides patients in the community who require help with their breathing by means of a mechanical ventilator. Patients are assessed and reviewed in a clinical setting and home environment. This is managed as a joint service between the respiratory nurse specialist team and the respiratory consultants, and the whole team are able to support patients and family in their own homes. carrying a wide range of equipment, both machines and masks to suit all our patients individual requirements.
Asthma patients are seen in the outpatients department at the hospital alongside the consultants. Education is provided with individual self-management plans. We also run a nurse led clinic looking after patients who suffer from severe asthma.
- Claire Alexander-Smith
- Sally Dwyer
- Kay Gosney
- Caroline Foley
The team can be contacted via the hospital bleep system or by the number below:
Appointments: (01472) 279204 or 03033 306539