Trust’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team at Breathing
Space has worked throughout the pandemic to help patients across Rotherham
manage their conditions.
team are delighted to be now offering face-to-face sessions again at the site’s
modern, multi-purpose gym on Badsley Moor Lane.
rehabilitation is a programme of exercise and education delivered by various
health professionals for people with chronic lung conditions who experience
symptoms of breathlessness.
month the team celebrated Pulmonary Rehabilitation Awareness Week (21-27 June)
with service users who have benefitted from the sessions.
to COVID-19, classes were moved online to protect participants, however, now
that the regulations have changed, the team have been able to welcome people
back to class.
Peters, Specialist Physiotherapist, said: “We have worked through the entire
pandemic offering virtual telephone home-based PR sessions to patients. As we
restarted pulmonary rehab face to face we listened to what our patient needs
and thoughts were around COVID safety.
installed large screens between each patient pod with over two metres distance,
thus ensuring patient safety and wellbeing.
have seen such a positive change in the patients who have been attending, not
only in their confidence but mental health too. The whole team at Breathing
Space are involved in delivering a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to our
education component and offering further support when identified or requested.”
have called the classes “very enlightening” and are happy to be back in class.
Archer said: “I would just like to thank the staff at Breathing Space from
nurses to students for all their hard work and effort to try and make all
patients in everyday activities more manageable. The treatment has made a big
difference in my lifestyle to make every task more bearable. Thanks to all
Wilkinson said: “Since joining the Breathing Space rehabilitation classes just
two weeks ago I have seen a significant improvement in my COPD and fitness
levels. The classes are challenging whilst enjoyable. The staff are excellent
and after the class talks are very enlightening. Would highly recommend.”
Downes said: “As well as enjoying the outing, talking to the staff (who are
helpful if you are unsure) I have generally felt stronger and am motivated to
be active the rest of my week. I really enjoy it.”
added: “As a team we have really enjoyed being back in the gym, despite all the
changes due to COVID. We have learnt so much from this experience and developed
the service to include the virtual home PR options for patients that have other
commitments or at present feel this option is best for them. We look forward to
expanding the class sizes and session available as soon as safely possible.”