We see patients as inpatients and also in the outpatient department for general chest complaints. We also see patients with more complex conditions in our specialist services.
Our services are available at Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals.
What will happen at your outpatient appointment?
You may have some tests performed which may include having an X ray of your chest, a CT scan of your chest and /or breathing tests.
It is sometimes necessary to arrange a telescope examination of your chest. Your doctors will explain this to you if it is required.
Please remember to bring any medication and inhalers with you to your clinic appointment
Who you may meet
As well as being cared for by our medical team, you may also meet one of our respiratory nursing team. They work alongside our medics to look after patients with various respiratory conditions including: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung diseases and tuberculosis (TB).
Services at Scunthorpe General Hospital
Our nurses may visit you if you are on one of our hospital wards to offer support, guidance, and education about the management of their respiratory disease. The team offer support to both patients, carers and family members.
The nurses aim to equip patients with the knowledge and skills to manage their respiratory condition to reduce the risk of unstable disease and reliance on healthcare services with the ultimate aim of improving your quality of life.
Post Covid Assessment Clinic
As a result of COVID-19 infection some patients may go on to develop long term symptoms. Our respiratory nurses will contact patients following their discharge from hospital to assess this and will make necessary referrals to support you with any ongoing symptoms.
Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Clinics
Our respiratory team runs disease specific clinics to assess and support patients with their respiratory problem. This may involve reviewing a diagnosis, arranging tests, education, assessment of inhaler technique, titration of treatment and smoking cessation advice and support. They also aim to equip patients with the knowledge and skills to manage their condition effectively at home.
We have seen an increase in TB in Scunthorpe in recent years. Our respiratory team works very hard to support patients through their treatment. We also work hard to detect any new cases with the aim of preventing and controlling the spread of TB.
Our staff also provide a new entrant 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.
If you need to contact us about your appointment:
If you need to contact our nursing team:
Services provided at our Grimsby Hospital
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
We ensure patients who need oxygen at home 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 needed.
We also provide a telephone support service for patients who are on oxygen, and they can ring for advice and support Monday to Friday. This service is also open to community staff.
Home Non-Invasive Ventilation Service
Some of our patients when they go home still require support with their breathing and must use a mechanical ventilator. You will be assessed and reviewed for the suitability of non-invasive ventilation in a hospital setting, as well as once you have been discharged and have returned to your own home. Your care will be managed jointly between the respiratory nurse specialist team and the respiratory consultants. Support will be provided to our patients, as well as their families.
Our asthma patients are seen in the outpatients department by our consultants alongside our specialist nurses. Education is provided with individual self-management plans. We also run a nurse-led clinic looking after patients who suffer from severe asthma.
The team can be contacted by the numbers below: