Respiratory medicine is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of diseases of the airway and lungs, their linings and blood vessels, and the muscles and nerves required for breathing.
Respiratory physicians treat patients holistically and always endeavour to involve patients in their own care. Patient education and self-management is key to the treatment of many respiratory conditions.
As a result of your condition, you may need to be admitted as an inpatient. Our respiratory medicine department at Pinderfields Hospital includes two specialist respiratory wards, Gate 45A and Gate 45B, and a 14-bed medical acute respiratory care unit (ARCU) providing non-invasive ventilation (NIV) for respiratory failure, as well as many other respiratory conditions that require close monitoring. Respiratory specialists also do daily ward rounds on our acute admission unit on Gate 12.
Our chest clinics are held at all three sites; Dewsbury and District Hospital, Pinderfields Hospital and Pontefract Hospital. Due to Covid-19, clinics are also being carried out via a video link or telephone call.
We work alongside a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) of specialist nurses, physiologists, pharmacists, psychologists and physiotherapists. For more information about some of our specific teams please see below.
Our respiratory physiology labs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including cardiopulmonary exercise testing, a body box and facilities for polysomnography.
Our difficult asthma service was founded in 2011 and has been recognised by the British Thoracic Society and Asthma UK amongst others. We are a core member of the regional Yorkshire Asthma MDT, as well as having our own local multi-disciplinary team incorporating clinicians, nurses, clinical psychologists, physiologists, pharmacists, physiotherapists and ENT specialists. We have extensive experience in treating patients with biologic therapies most of which are now initiated and administered at the patient’s home. We actively participate in research and clinical trials.
Bronchiectasis is one of the most common, yet unrecognised, respiratory conditions. We are developing this service with support of a complex infection MDT and respiratory physiotherapists. Intra-venous (IV) antibiotics are available via an efficient home IV antibiotics service.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
The COPD team deal with patients with severe COPD who may need specialist treatments. As well as providing support for community teams, the Mid Yorkshire COPD service can provide assessment for possible COPD surgery, working closely with the regional COPD surgery team in Leeds. The team can also provide non-invasive ventilation support at home for those that require it.
The team consists of specialist respiratory doctors and nurses and physiotherapists who assess the need for support of patients’ breathing muscles, providing ventilatory support and monitoring patients who need home ventilation. The team aim to provide as much of the care at home as is possible. The team also provide support at home for people with complex disabilities.
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
The ILD team participate in both local and regional MDTs. The close links with the regional centre at Leeds ensures that highly specialised care can be delivered locally. The team are able to provide shared care for patients on anti-fibrolytics
The team consists of physiologists, nurses, and doctors who diagnose and treat a range of sleep disorders, predominantly Obstructive Sleep Apnoea - a common condition which causes severe snoring and daytime sleepiness. For further information, visit our Sleep Service webpage.
Tuberculosis is a disease caused by infection with TB bacteria (mycobacterium tuberculosis).
The Mid Yorks Tuberculosis Clinics (TB) are held weekly In Dewsbury and Pinderfields.
We offer an integrated service including diagnosis and treatment of active Tuberculosis and Latent Tuberculosis Infection, and screening for people who have been in contact with tuberculosis.
We aim to provide holistic care for patients and their families, with support in the clinic from the specialist TB Health Visitor team. The TB Health Visitor team provide on-going support to patients and their families. They can help with concerns about medication including support for completing the course (with Directly Observed Therapy when necessary) and possible side effects.
If you live in Kirklees their contact telephone number is available for any concerns and messages may be left out of hours - 030 330 9869.