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What We Can Do

The team work with patients to improve their self- management of this long term condition and facilitate patients to become more physically active thereby improving the patient’s quality of life.

Benny from South Glasgow talks about the impact  of the Community Respiratory Team

Our Aim

The Aims of the Community Respiratory Service are as follows:

  •  To avoid unnecessary, unscheduled hospital admissions by treatment of the patient suffering from an exacerbation of COPD in their own home setting as an alternative to hospital admission.
  •  To facilitate early discharge from hospital, working closely with the Early Supported Discharge team (respiratory) and inpatient colleagues to reduce length of inpatient stay.
  • To reduce future anticipated hospital admissions by maximising and enabling the self-management of people with COPD through the adoption of a person centred approach.

 The team adopts a person centred approach to provide people with COPD the knowledge, skills and therefore the resilience to self-manage their COPD. This includes providing a variety of specialist input e.g. breathlessness management, airway clearance techniques, optimisation of inhaled therapies, anxiety management, medication review, nutrition support, re-education and reablement of daily tasks.


  The team aims to increase activity levels through an individualised home pulmonary rehabilitation programme to the patient population who are physically unable to attend community classes. The team can also provide a range of equipment to facilitate a person’s independence and signpost patients to community services such as befriending and local community social classes.

 The Glasgow City respiratory service is a nationally unique physiotherapy led multidisciplinary team of nurses, occupational therapists, dietitian, pharmacy and health care support workers with weekly sessional input from a respiratory physician consultant.


Occupational Therapy

 Occupational Therapy provides practical support, empowering people to overcome barriers preventing them from participating in activities that matter to them.

What can Occupational Therapy do to help?

  • Provide support and advice to you and your carers on coping with the problems that arise in everyday life as a result of your condition, such as feeling breathless tired or anxious.
  • Help you explore new methods of carrying out everyday activities to help you save energy and pace yourself throughout the day.
  • Explore options with you to increase/maintain your safety and independence with daily living activities, including the provision of equipment if required.
  • Help you establish effective coping strategies to help with the emotional impact of living with COPD. 




Last Updated: 25 February 2019