Community Respiratory Team (East Kent)

To work in partnership to make a positive difference for those living with respiratory conditions.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service

This service may be running differently, for example, offering virtual appointments.

Please see your appointment letter for details or contact the service. 

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Contact us

Ashford - 0300 7900272
Canterbury - 0300 1231412
Dover and Deal - 0300 123 1412
Thanet - 0300 1233027

Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

Respiratory Team
Adult Clincal Services
Whitstable and Tankerton Hospital
Northwood Road

Who we are

The team is made up of specialist respiratory practitioners, respiratory nurses, associate practitioners and administrative staff.

We also have close links with the pulmonary rehabilitation team who consist of specialist physiotherapists, respiratory assistants and counsellors.

We work across east Kent covering Ashford, Canterbury, Thanet and South Kent Coast.

What we do

The Respiratory Team (east Kent) provides a specialist service to adult respiratory patients with a range of respiratory conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, bronchiectasis and asthma. Whilst patients are seen predominantly in the clinic setting there is the ability to see patients at home where clinically indicated.

We provide an assessment and review service for all adult respiratory patients who require long term oxygen therapy or ambulatory oxygen.

The specialist respiratory team work closely across the boundaries between primary and secondary care whilst ensuring a seamless service for our patients who are on a respiratory pathway of care.

The service supports both national and local priorities in managing patients in the community as part of a managed care pathway whilst utilising national guidance such as NICE, BTS, SIGN and GOLD to promote evidenced based practice.

How do you use this service?

You need to be referred by a GP or a healthcare professional. If you have been in hospital due to your respiratory condition then you may well have been referred to our service by the hospital respiratory team. If you are unsure please contact us.

If you are already known to our service and have any questions or require support please contact us.

Helpful organisations

Useful respiratory links

Local and national organisations for care and carer support

Local and national counselling and talking therapies


Your comments

July 2019
Canterbury East

Extremely pleased with info and time spent explaining everything. (Respiratory Nursing)

July 2019

Service is well run and supportive. (Respiratory Nursing)

May 2019

Nurses are very friendly and helpful. Nurses listen to me which is important to me.

June 2019

The nurses have all made me feel at ease about my care and are supportive

June 2019

Lovely people with real understanding.

May 2019

Very good service, very nice people and very helpful. Has really helped me with my COPD.

June 19

The care, interest and explanation were first class from the three respiratory nurses I've seen, as were the nurses at the respiratory rehabilitation course I attended for the twelve weeks/sessions.

June 19

I feel I can phone the nurse any time and advice is given to me or she comes at to visit me at home if she feels I need that. Nothing is to much trouble for her.

February 2019

The service is very thorough with sensitivity and friendliness.

February 2019

A genuine interest and care in all aspects of patient welfare.

February 2019

I was treated with respect and was completely at ease, every question I asked was answered, also leaflets were there to take home. Very happy with my visit.