BreathingSpace, which provides treatment for respiratory disease, Bronchiectasis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Saturday when the team welcomed partners and patients to a garden party to reminisce over the past decade.
Clinicians and nurses from BreathingSpace joined patients to share their own personal stories and to explain how the care that is given really is life-changing.
Jim, who was 48 when he first attended BreathingSpace in 2008, was admitted from Rotherham Hospital. He went on to attend the Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes and now visits BreathingSpace every week. As a result of the sessions, Jim is now motivated to help himself and is being referred to Newcastle for consideration for lung transplant.
Respiratory Nurse Consultant at BreathingSpace, Gail Miles comments: “We really couldn’t have asked for a better turn out. The weather was glorious and so many people took the time out to come along and to celebrate with us. The Tai Chi demonstration and our very own choir received huge applause, which was simply wonderful.
“BreathingSpace is a very special facility, not least because of the people who have worked so hard to make it the success story that it is today. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners and all those that believed in a nurse-led facility. Without the support and funding that we received all those years ago it wouldn’t have been possible and we wouldn’t be here, sharing stories about patients whose lives have changed for the better.
“I am very proud of what BreathingSpace has delivered and we really do hope that others will consider taking this model and applying it in other areas around the country.”
The development of the purpose-built facility was possible thanks to an ambitious partnership between the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the former Rotherham Primary Care Trust.
The approach to patients at BreathingSpace is to encourage them to take part in activities, to get out of bed and to exercise. The care model that is now provided from the facility has become a benchmark for best practice across the globe, receiving interest from the USA and China.
As part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, members of the public can access BreathingSpace, based in the town, at no charge, via referral from their GP or other medical professionals, which in turn encourages attendance and contributes to the ongoing improvement of people’s health and wellbeing within the coalfield community.
Since opening its doors, the purpose-built facility has had more than 10,000 referrals with 4,000 people attending Pulmonary Rehabilitation sessions and 8,500 in-patient admissions.
For further information about BreathingSpace and the services please visit http://www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/breathing_space/