Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service

We offer a programme of exercise for people with moderate to severe lung disease to help them manage their condition.

Admin Team

Whitstable and Tankerton Hospital

01227 594657

Northwood Rd, Whitstable, Kent CT5 2HN

kcht.pulmonaryrehab@nhs.net

Who we are

We are highly experienced chartered physiotherapists, specialist rehabilitation assistants and respiratory counsellors.

What we do

We cover Ashford, Canterbury, south Kent Coast and Thanet in east Kent and Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley.

We hold outpatient clinics at health centres and GP practices, while our pulmonary rehabilitation programmes are held at local venues, such as church halls or community centres.

We have close working relationships with respiratory nurses, community-based long-term conditions and intermediate care teams, acute hospital respiratory physicians and physiotherapists, practice nurses and GPs.

To support achieving long-term self-management, we link with agencies in the community, such as singing groups, health trainers and Breathe Easy support groups.

We offer a tailored programme of exercise for people with moderate to severe lung disease, which aims to improve exercise tolerance, reduce symptoms and a patient’s disability. The idea is to improve a person’s quality of life and help them manage their condition.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an evidence-based treatment for specific chronic respiratory diseases. It includes exercise and extensive education that is open to patients, as well as partners and carers.

Each patient attends an introduction to pulmonary rehabilitation before being individually assessed in clinic, to make sure they are suitable and willing to attend a pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

Pulmonary rehabilitation consists of two supervised exercise and education sessions each week for eight weeks, with a tailored self-management programme.

How do you use this service?

You need to be referred by your GP or a healthcare professional.

 

Your comments

November 2017
Thanet

Helpful in explaining and showing us how to do exercises, also the talks were informative and very useful for our well being.

November 2017
Gravesham

I wish it would go on forever. I so enjoyed it and the staff - thank you.

October 2017
Dartford

Very pleased that I attended and would highly recommend the course to others in similar circumstances. (Rehab Course)

October 2017
Folkestone

Staff are very encouraging, helpful and genuinely concerned. (Rehab Course)

October 2017
Gravesham

The people were very friendly and helpful and got me to exercise every day instead of sitting in this chair. It has changed my life. (Rehab Course)

September 2017
Gravesham

The kindness shown me and the concern was extraordinary and was well appreciated.

September 2017
Whitstable

All staff had a positive attitude, which assisted me in my knowledge of exercise/breathing. The staff showing me it is possible to go that little bit extra. (Rehabilitation)

September 2017
Dartford

Well organised with friendly professional staff. Convenient location. (Rehabilitation)

September 2017
Dover

I feel very relaxed and happy with my outlook on my life since my final session. (Counselling)

August 2017
Whitstable

It has given me more confidence to go out with my husband. Also I feel I am in more control of my symptoms. (Rehab Course)

August 2017
Gravesham

The carers/physios were very informative and knowledgeable about a diverse number of subjects connected to Pulmonary Rehab. Their manner was extremely understanding but also demanding in relation to my situation. No lack of encouragement - a great team. (Rehab Course)

August 2017
Dartford

This course has helped me so much. (Rehab Course)

August 2017
Folkestone

I have found this to have been a great benefit both physically a emotionally. The added education helps to understand. (Rehab Course)

July 2017
Swanley

Knowledgeable staff, kind, caring and wanting us to improve the quality of our daily lives. (Rehab Course)

July 2017
Swanley

Staff were very good in encouraging and pushing me to attain better results. (Rehab Course)

July 2017
Dartford

Great staff and helpful exercises. (Rehab Maintenance)

June 2017
Thanet

It was a very relaxed and fruitful experience. A great help. (Counselling)

June 2017
Whitstable

I was listened to and encouraged to think things through- I was never made to think my problems were trivial. (Counselling)

June 2017
Gravesham

Just to say the staff are second to none and I felt I could go to any to talk to them. (Rehab Course)

May 2017
Folkestone

They are always helpful and friendly. You are listened to and discuss any problems. (Maintenance)

May 2017
Thanet

I felt very at ease and was able to discuss everything that was troubling me.

May 2017
Swanley

Sandra treated me with kindness and respect, I could not have asked for more, I was so lucky. (Counselling)

April 2017
Whitstable

I have learned a lot regarding exercise, I am capable of and am able to manage my breathing better. It has been good to talk with other sufferers. (Rehab Course)

April 2017
Whitstable

Sandra was excellent and treated me with respect and understood where I was coming from. (Counselling)

April 2017
Dover

Felt at ease and it was very non-judgemental. Very focused around health condition and practical advice was highly effective. (Counselling)

March 2017
Folkestone

I feel the course and the people that run it have given me my life back, I am now better equipped to face my problems. (Rehab Course)

March 2017
Whitstable

The Counsellor listened to everything I had to say and didn't judge me. Thank you Sandra. (Counselling)

February 2017
Whitstable

Excellent care and help whenever necessary.

February 2017
Dartford

Very, very beneficial and with a positive approach in delivery.

January 2017
Whitstable

My sessions were very good and comfortable and I felt when I asked the questions they were always answered. Many thanks. (Counselling)

January 2017
Swanley

I found it beneficial and I enjoyed it.

January 2017
Thanet

Sandra made me feel at ease and listened to me and saw me as a person not just a problem. Let me tell her things not told anybody else, she was the best thing that happened to me in 2016. (Counselling)

January 2017
Whitstable

The organisation was first class. The size of the groups was just right. The staff were excellent, professionally and on a customer care basis.

December 2016
Whitstable

This course has provided me with valuable information about breathing techniques and 'do-able' exercises. They have had beneficial results for me.

December 2016
Whitstable

It has been brilliant! Lots of activities, enjoyable and lots of encouragement from the staff. A reason to leave the house. People like myself to chat to. A reason to 'push' myself. Something to look forward to.

November 2016
Whitstable

I have benefitted greatly from the exercise programme and education.

November 2016
Folkestone

Not only has the course encouraged me to exercise at home but the friendship of the other members meant each course was enjoyable. The staffs' professionalism and attention to detail was very supportive.

November 2016
Whitstable

It has helped me so much on so many different levels.

October 2016
Dartford

I found it very helpful and the people who were running it were very friendly and encouraging.

October 2016
Whitstable

Excellent course with very supportive and knowledgeable staff. I feel more optimistic about my condition and knowledge because of the class.

September 2016
Folkestone

I feel great benefit from the course and more in control of my life, due to better management of my condition.

September 2016
Folkestone

The course has improved me in coping with my health problems. I have learnt so much during this period through the excellent tutors.

September 2016
Whitstable

The staff were brilliant and I left each session feeling brighter.

August 2016
Whitstable

The staff were excellent and covered all aspects.

July 2016
Shepway

I was pleased to find that if I needed to ask for help again with ongoing issues and daily problems, I could be seen again, that meant a lot to me. (Counselling)

July 2016
Whitstable

It made me feel much better and the staff are great. (Rehab Course)

June 2016
Canterbury

This has been a great support to me during some very difficult times. (Counselling)

June 2016
Thanet

From the first visit with Sandra I found myself totally at ease with her. She showed that she really understood my fears and doubts and took time to explain why I felt like I did and how to handle and rectify my problems. Sandra is so knowledgeable and is a caring and very approachable person. I am so very grateful to her. (Counselling)

May 2016
Dover

It's been invaluable. It has put things more in prospective and helping me to be more confident and worthwhile as a person.

May 2016
Rehab Physio, Canterbury

Excellent information given. All advice and treatment made a drastic change in how I feel. It has made a change to my life.

January 2016

I've found this course brilliant and the staff inspiring. (Whitstable)