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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.

Come along to one of our engagement sessions and share your views and experiences and help to make services better for you and patients like you:

Monday 16th September, 6-7pm, BreathingSpace

Wednesday 18th September, 10-11am, BreathingSpace

Wednesday 25th September, 1-2pm, BreathingSpace

No need to book a place everyone welcome

We will be adding more information to this page over the next week, including an infographic about respiratory services in Rotherham and an animation showing the proposed improvements for patients in Rotherham.