Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service

Some parts of this service are operating in a different way. Rehabilitation support, usually carried out face-to-face, is available online with supporting resources. Essential home visits will be carried out if required, after an initial phone or video assessment. We will be contacting patients directly or you can contact us, using the details below.

Keep up-to-date with the latest information, read our page on Coronavirus.

Contact us

Admin Team
Whitstable and Tankerton Hospital
01227 594657
kcht.pulmonaryrehab@nhs.net

Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

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

June 2020
Whitstable

Found it helpful and motivating

June 2020
Ashford

The person that phoned me made me feel at ease right from the start and listened to me the whole time.

April 2020
Gravesham

I learnt a lot from the talks about my condition, Bronchiectasis, and how to manage it. The exercises definitely made me feel stronger.The staff were always helpful, encouraging and supportive and it was useful to meet other attendees with similar problems.

March 2020
Dover

The course was very informative, and motivated me to do the exercises.It is also reassuring to be able to talk to somebody.

February 2020
Dartford

The competetive part of the course helped me more than anything.

February 2020
Dartford

Excellent results in a short space of time. All of the staff were super. Very caring and helpful. They treated everyone with respect.

February 2020
Gravesham

From the minute I walked through the door I was made to feel welcome and at ease. Everything was explained for the morning, goals were set and would change as I progressed.

February 2020
Thanet

I felt I needed to talk to someone outside of my family about my feelings and problems. Talking and explaining has given me a different perspective on my problems.

January 2020
Dover

Most improvement in a long time. Improved my life.

January 2020
Ashford

I think that anybody taking this course would benefit from it medically. The place is sasy to find. There is a plenty of parking space, also plenty of room in hall.

December 2019
Thanet

After completeing the PR course I think it is extremely important to keep up exercises and the maintenance group does just that. I believe the mantenance group has helped me and others continue with the exercises necessary to keep the lungs working.

July 2019
Thanet

The staff are very profesional and very thorough, explain in terms that are easy to understand. (Rehab Course)

July 2019
Thanet

It's a great and friendly course, it's help me alot. The staff have been caring and fantastic. (Rehab Course)

July 2019
Canterbury

I would like to comment on the commitment and friendliness of the staff who helped us all on this course.

June 2019
Whitstable

My sessions was where I was able to talk about things and know I wasn't being judged.

June 2019
Whitstable

Excellent communication skills along with good strong advice.

June 2019
Dover

It took me from a very dark place to moving my life forward.

February 2019
Thanet

They make you feel safe and understand your limitations. They encourage you to do your best. (Rehab Maintenance)

February 2019
Dartford

I found the course very helpful, informative and enjoyable. Very respectful staff. (Rehab Course)

February 2019
Ashford

Extremely supportive and encouraging environment. Excellent practioners who fully understand and are empathic to the challenges that chronic lung conditions present. (Rehab Course)

February 2019
Thanet

Motivational, well organised and useful information. (Pulmonary Rehab Course)

January 2019
Thanet

It makes you feel so good after the session and every one gets so much out of the course. (Course)

January 2019
Thanet

Non threatening environment. Professional, friendly, understanding staff who are nevertheless very firm. Individually tailored for each participant. Extremely friendly rapport quickly built for group. Great benefits. (Course)

January 2019
Whitstable

Such good information. Lovely girls heading the course. Feel so much better and in control. (Course)

January 2019
Whitstable

It has helped me to manage my breathing & walk further than I can normally outside due to the weather road levels. Questions answered. A friendly group of people. (Course)

June 2018
Folkestone

Staff were very professional, kind, helpful and understanding. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Caring and considerate to all. (Rehab)

June 2018
Thanet

Well planned and conducted course. Helpful and knowledgeable staff cheerful atmosphere. (Rehab)

May 2018
Dartford

The course has improved my everyday life as its given me more confidence. (Rehab)

May 2018
Ashford

It's a very well run course. All the staff are very attentive, helpful and genuinely concerned for our well being. (Rehab)

May 2018
Dover

I have felt supported and able to try to move forward with what is a difficult and sometimes confusing life. (Counselling)

May 2018
Gravesham

Found the course extremely helpful, would definitely recommend. (Rehab)

April 2018
Thanet

It made you realise that you are not the only one with a problem. Staff was kind and helpful and the talks were very informative although I wasn't sure about the course at the first I am very glad I came as I feel I know more about what I can do now. (Rehab)

April 2018
Folkestone

The course has been of great benefit to me, both physically and educationally. Good balance and very kind, caring course leaders. (Rehab)

April 2018
Whistable

The course is of immense value for improving all aspects of exercise and proving that it can be achieved. There is plenty of expert help. (Rehab)

April 2018
Gravesham

The whole experience was so helpful brilliant. (Rehab)

April 2018
Ashford

The whole experience has helped me to move on feel motivated. The girls running the course, are fantastic. (Rehab)

April 2018
Dover

Its a great course very helpful and interesting, lovely caring people. (Rehab)

March 2018
Thanet

The staff running the course are very helpful and have a happy upbeat attitude. (Rehab)

March 2018
Dover

I found great encouragement & praise as my confidence grew. The staff were very helpful and kind. (Rehab)

March 2018
Dartford

I found the course content helpful and the staff very supportive.

March 2018
Ashford

The ladies were brilliant helping me walk and exercise more than I thought I could. Great encouragement, friendly, dedicated. (Rehab)

March 2018
Folkestone

I found the service extremely helpful. It was good to have someone outside the family to listen to problems. (Counselling)

March 2018
Gravesham

the staff are very helpful, education is informative. interesting is presented in a clear way. All other aspects of course very good. (Rehab)

March 2018
Folkestone

All aspects of the course were very useful. Talking to others with the same condition was also helpful. (Rehab)

February 2018
Gravesham

It has been amazing in keeping me motivated and inspired. It has changed my health and well being beyond belief. I am living a life again. (Rehab Maintenance)

February 2018
Whitstable

Well run, professional, beneficial, friendly and an extremely good course for people suffering from lung disease.

February 2018
Ashford

The staff are so helpful, considerate and kind, always willing to listen and help. They have a lot of empathy

February 2018
Thanet

Staff very helpful and reassuring. Nice to be able to ask any questions.

January 2018
Thanet

I feel that the exercises and discussions made me feel a lot better and more confident. Also a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

January 2018
Gravesham

Very effective, enjoyable and positive experience.

January 2018
Ashford

Staff are very happy, cheerful, friendly understanding and encouraging.

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.