Respiratory Medicine - Community Teams - Salford

The home oxygen therapy service is a specialist team who assess and support people who have been identified as possibly needing oxygen, by their health care professional

Referrals are accepted for patients who are registered with a Salford GP and who do not smoke

Oxygen is not a treatment for breathlessness and can only be arranged when a formal assessment has been undertaken.

CAST is made up of health care professionals who are specialists in looking after people at home with respiratory conditions.

If you are admitted to hospital with your chest condition, CAST will visit you during your admission to undertake an assessment to see if it is possible for you to be discharged home under their care.  The team will undertake a thorough assessment of our chest on each visit to your home and will continue to support you for up to 14 days.  Contact will either be a visit or a telephone call and the frequency of these will depend on your condition

CAST will provide you with an individual treatment plan to manage  your condition, both during your illness and in the future

The Breathing Better programme has been designed to help you understand your lung disease and to get the most from each day

Breathing Better is a programme of gentle exercise and education (also known as pulmonary rehabilitation) designed to give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to help you become as active and independent as possible

Following an assessment, you will attend twice weekly sessions at the venue that is closest to your your home.  These sessions last up approximately 2 hours.  In addition to participating in gentle exercise, you will also learn about:

  • Keeping well and preventing your condition getting worse
  • Managing breathlessness and coughing
  • What to do if you become unwell
  • Getting the most out of any treatment you are receiving
  • How to relax and reduce stress

Instead of asking our patients to come the hospital site to do tests, they can now be undertaken at community diagnostic centres closer to home.

What tests are available?

  • Blood tests
  • ECG (12 lead)
  • 24 hour Blood pressure
  • 24 hour ECG
  • 72 hour ECG
  • 5 day recorder
  • Lung function testing
  • Sleep studies

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