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Improving the Respiratory Pathway

Respiratory services treat and manage diseases of the respiratory system, the breathing system. These conditions and diseases can include:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • chronic bronchitis
  • emphysema
  • Other respiratory conditions such as bronchiectasis, asthma and lung fibrosis

Services in Rotherham, compared to other areas in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, are facing some challenges:

  • More patients are admitted to hospital, especially those with urgent medical needs linked to COPD, asthma, influenza and pneumonia
  • Services between hospital and the community are not integrated
  • We have a shortage of respiratory doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers
  • Patients are not always getting the best outcome from the care they receive.

Whilst hospital is the best place to be for urgent and complex respiratory conditions, it is often better for patients to receive treatment and support in the community.

With this in mind, we are reviewing our respiratory services and have looked at best practice across the country to help us redesign services for patients in Rotherham.

The proposal for improving respiratory services is described in the animation below: 

The proposed new respiratory service model is available here. 

Drop-in sessions were held on the following dates: 

Monday 16th September, 6-7pm, BreathingSpace

Wednesday 18th September, 10-11am, BreathingSpace

Wednesday 25th September, 1-2pm, BreathingSpace

A full report from the drop-in sessions and survey is currently being produced and will be available on the website here shortly.