(expand submenu)

Blackburn with Darwen
NHS Pulmonary
Rehabilitation

People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), Bronchiectasis, Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), Pulmonary Hypertension or Chronic Asthma, can find it more difficult to do their normal day-to-day activities because of their breathlessness.

Getting short of breath can be very frightening and make you feel quite anxious which can make your breathlessness worse. You may find that you start to avoid doing activities and over time this can cause you to become less fit, more tired and more out of breath.

What is it?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a lung education and exercise programme that is designed for people with breathing problems. Taking part will help you to manage your breathing, feel more confident, and improve your mood.  You will also feel fitter and stronger and reduce your risk of chest infections and the likelihood of going into hospital.

By understanding your condition better, whether for example using your inhalers properly, recognising a flare-up and what to do and getting more active, you will gain better control of your lung condition and be able to improve your quality of life.

If you would like to see what our programme involves, please follow this link to watch the short video below:

NHS Choices Pulmonary Rehabilitation

What are the Benefits?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is very effective, with lots of research proving that it makes a real difference to patients’ lives. After a course of pulmonary rehabilitation most people:

•  can walk further and faster

•  feel less breathless during routine daily activities

•  feel more positive and better in themselves

•  sleep better and have more energy

•  have improved muscle strength in arms and legs

•  have fewer chest infections and admissions to hospital

•  have a better understanding of their medication and inhaler devices     

•  have an understanding of the benefit of exercise and how to safely exercise within their limits

Where the service is provided?

We provide the service at the following three community venues;

Spring Bank Court
Spring Bank Terrace
Mill Hill
Blackburn
BB2 4GU

Darwen Leisure Centre
The Green
Darwen
BB3 1PW

Audley Leisure Centre
Chester Street
Blackburn
BB1 1DW

What will I have to do?

You will be invited to attend a personalised assessment at one of our venues where you will get to meet the team. We can also provide home visit appointments where appropriate.

Your first assessment is to find out more about you, your needs and your lung condition and how it affects you.  We will then discuss with you a plan of care to enable you to manage your breathing condition today and in the future.

How to access this service?

If you are interested and registered with a GP in Blackburn or Darwen, you can simply ring the team on 01254 283980, or you can email us Pulm.rehab@nhs.net.  Your GP, Practice Nurse or any other health or social care professional can also refer you to our team.

If you are unsure our service is right you, or would like to know more please give our team a call. You can even speak to people who have benefitted from the service so they can tell you about their experience.