How do I get an appointment?
We accept referrals from:
- GPs and practice nurses
- consultants at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
- specialist healthcare professionals including respiratory physiotherapists, clinical nurse specialists and speech and language therapists.
Before your appointment
Your appointment may last up to 60 minutes, so please allow this amount of time for your visit. Please arrive on time. If you are late, we may not be able to see you, as this can cause delays for patients who have appointments after you.
Appointments are held at St Thomas’ Hospital.
Please bring any devices you have been given to help you clear your phlegm/sputum (not nebuliser machines) and a list of any medicines you are taking.
Wear suitable shoes and comfortable clothes as the physiotherapist may carry out a walking test.
You can bring a relative or friend with you to your appointment if you wish.
Cancelling or changing an appointment
If you have been unwell recently and you would like guidance about whether or not to attend your appointment, please contact the respiratory outpatient physiotherapy team on 020 7188 5089.
If you need to cancel or change an appointment call us on 020 7188 5094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give us as much notice as you can, if you do not attend your appointment and haven't contacted us, we may discharge you back to your referring clinician.
If you’d rather speak to one of the physiotherapists about your appointment, please call us on 020 7188 5089.
What to expect at your appointment
We may ask you to complete short questionnaires when you come for your first appointment. Please let your physiotherapist know if you would like any help with this.
The physiotherapist will:
- ask questions about how your breathing condition affects your day-to-day life
- assess how your symptoms and lung condition are affecting you
offer treatment for your symptoms and explain how to manage your symptoms and lung condition
assess the level of fitness you need for your usual activities and offer treatment and advice to maintain the best possible level of activity for you
support you to identify ways to contribute to your own health and wellbeing.
Patients are assessed on an individual basis, and the number of treatment sessions will vary depending on the specific needs of each patient.
As this is a teaching hospital, students supervised by qualified staff might be involved in your care. It is valuable training for students and does not affect the quality of your treatment in any way, but please tell us if you do not want them to be present or involved. We will always respect your wishes.
After your appointment
The physiotherapist will discuss with you the best way to manage your problem. You may be:
- given advice on how to manage your condition at home
- started on a course of individual physiotherapy
- referred to a pulmonary rehabilitation course of group exercise and education specifically designed for people with breathing problems.