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Pulmonary rehabilitation service

For people with lung conditions experiencing breathlessness

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About us

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a supervised, personalised seven-week programme of exercise and education. It is designed specifically for people with lung conditions who experience breathlessness in daily life.

The pulmonary rehabilitation team aim to provide an effective, patient centred service which supports and empowers patients to manage their lung condition and drives long-term improvements through an evidence based approach and integrated patient care. We promote a culture of lifestyle change, encouraging physical activity, exercise and socialisation in order to have a positive impact on future health and wellbeing.

We believe that pulmonary rehabilitation should be promoted widely. It has been proven to be effective and safe, and provides a supportive, encouraging environment. The sessions develop camaraderie amongst the patient group and improves their physical, functional and mental health. 

  • How to join

    Following your referral you will be invited to attend an assessment appointment for the pulmonary rehabilitation course. You will be seen by a specialist physiotherapist or occupational therapist who will discuss how you are affected by your breathlessness. If you and your healthcare professional feel pulmonary rehabilitation would be helpful to you, you can be enrolled onto the course.

  • At the class

    The class is led by a specialist respiratory physiotherapist with input from other healthcare professionals. Each class will include a warm up, exercises and a cool down.

    Everyone exercises at a different level depending on their own ability. You will get moderately out of breath when you exercise, but this is part of your rehabilitation and is important in order to improve your symptoms. You will be monitored carefully and never be asked to do more than you can safely manage.

    The session will also include an educational discussion or talk on a topic relevant to your condition. You will be part of group, this is normally 10 to 16 people.

  • Courses

    Courses are held at St Thomas' Hospital on:

    • Mondays and Thursdays, 2-4pm
    • Tuesdays, 12 noon-2pm
    • Thursdays, 11am-12.40pm.

    You can choose the course that suits you and can attend on a regular basis.








Tel: 020 7188 5094


Patient resources

Information to help with your breathlessness.