Service

Respiratory (Breathing)

Bridgwater Community Hospital

Bridgwater Community Hospital, Bower Lane, Bridgwater, TA6 4GU, United Kingdom

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Chard Community Hospital

Chard Community Hospital, Crewkerne Road, Chard, TA20 1NF, United Kingdom

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Minehead Community Hospital

Minehead Community Hospital, Luttrell Way, Minehead, TA24 6DF, United Kingdom

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Wellington Community Hospital

Wellington Community Hospital, Bulford, Wellington, TA21 8QQ, United Kingdom

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West Mendip Community Hospital

West Mendip Community Hospital, Old Wells Road, Glastonbury, BA6 8JD, United Kingdom

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Respiratory (Breathing)

The respiratory department provides comprehensive care for patients with respiratory disorders. This is provided through the Somerset lung centre and respiratory ward, Coleridge. Diagnostic services are provided through our dedicated lung function department.

Investigations

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Multi-channel sleep studies
  • Home ventilation and nasal CPAP service
  • Exercise testing
  • Lung function testing including bronchial reactivity studies
  • Skin tests
  • Reversibility studies
  • Nebulised therapy trials nebuliser servicing for existing patients under a respiratory consultant
  • Flight assessments for oxygen
  • Exhaled nitric oxide testing
  • Overnight sleep studies

Hospital based

  • Home intravenous antibiotic therapy
  • THREADS (Taunton Hospital Early Assisted Discharge Scheme) Please click here for information and referral criteria
  • Macmillan nurse specialist
  • Respiratory nurse specialists

Clinics

Taunton

Monday – all day

Tuesday – afternoon only

Wednesday – all day

Thursday – all day

Complex Thoracic – clinics run on the 4th Thursday of every month and Friday mornings.

There are also quarterly respiratory/rheumatology clinics.

Bridgwater

Tuesday – afternoon only
Wednesday – afternoon only

Chard

Alternate Tuesdays

Minehead

Tuesday afternoons every 2nd and 4th week of the month.

Wellington

Tuesday – afternoon

West Mendip

Tuesday afternoons every 1st and 3rd week of the month.

Patient information

Standards of quality

Routine waiting times for outpatient appointments and lung function procedures are less than 10 weeks. Urgent appointments are usually within 2 weeks.

Useful Links

Asthma UK

British Lung Foundation

Cancer Research UK

Cystic Fibrosis trust 

Mesothelioma 

Mesothelioma.net (Based in America. Offering free assistance and information to anyone who has come into contact with asbestos from an American-made product.)

Roy Castle Foundation