The department of respiratory medicine provides an integrated service for patients with respiratory diseases. We are committed to providing high quality responsive services that meet the needs of all our patients. We treat a wide variety of respiratory diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, pleural diseases, tuberculosis (TB), sleep apnoea and interstitial lung disease.
Our respiratory inpatient facilities are based in Harrowden A ward which has 27 beds, including six en-suite ‘side’ rooms, and is located on the third floor in the main hospital building. A wide range of acute respiratory conditions are treated including facilities for non-invasive ventilation and other practical procedures. We have pioneered communication clinics on the ward which are held twice a week. This is where a senior doctor and a nurse allocate time to meet with you and your family to keep them informed of your care pathway. This model has been subsequently adopted by other ward areas. We have a separate provision for short-stay patients on our Clifford Ward, which is located on the ground floor.
Outpatient clinics are held in Kettering General Hospital and Nuffield Diagnostic Centre in Corby, Nene Park in Irthlingborough and Isebrook in Wellingborough. Specialist asthma, TB and lung cancer clinics are held in Kettering General Hospital. Outpatient clinics can be accessed via Choose and Book.
We know how important keeping you informed of your condition and treatment is. We provide written information about your condition and a personalised action plan with details of your treatment, how to manage symptoms and “flare ups” better and reduce anxiety.
Teaching and training
Respiratory skill training sessions and mortality meetings are held regularly to make sure doctors and nurses are up to date with the highest standard of specialised care.