Frequently asked questions about coming in to the Respiratory Centre

Shall I take my inhalers before I come?

Ideally it is preferable if you don't take your inhalers for 12 hours before your appointment time, particularly if you are having breathing tests. However, if you think that you will become distressed by not taking your inhalers you should take them as usual. Please inform a member of staff if you have had your inhalers that day.

I think I have a chest infection but my planned appointment is not for another two weeks. Can I be seen earlier?

Yes. In this circumstance you should phone the Respiratory Centre and speak to a nurse who will advise you on what to do. We often recommend that you attend the Respiratory Centre as soon as possible if you have symptoms of a chest infection. We are able to offer same day appointments. Telephone 023 8120 4325.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring with you any inhalers you are taking and a list of your other medications. If you are being seen because you use a CPAP machine or NIV machine please also bring that with you and your mask. If you are having a sleep study then you might like to bring a book, an MP3 player or your own pillow to make your stay more comfortable. 

I get very breathless and am worried about walking up to the Respiratory Centre. What help is available?

We understand that many of our patients are breathless. If you are worried about walking to the Respiratory Centre ask at main reception to the hospital for some assistance and a member of our team will be able to collect you in a wheelchair.  

I have not been given a follow up appointment. Does this mean I have been discharged from the service?

Not always. If you have been discharged this means that at the time when the doctor or nurse reviewed you he or she felt that your lung condition was stable. If you feel that your condition has become worse and your GP has agreed to let you have open access, then you are able to contact the Respiratory Centre for another appointment. We ask that you telephone the centre to arrange an appointment. We are normally able to arrange same day appointments. This is also called an SOS service. To make an appointment please call 023 8120 4325.