Respiratory medicine

What is respiratory medicine?

Our respiratory department deals with any condition that affects the lungs. These can include chronic cough, asthma, breathlessness, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, lung cancer, sleep apnoea, pneumonia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (or COPD).

What does this involve?

The type of investigations and treatment you require depends on the nature your respiratory problem. Tests used include chest x-rays, CT scans, blood tests, breathing tests (or lung function tests) and bronchoscopy. Following your investigations you will be given advice that may involve medication, lifestyle changes or, occasionally, a surgical procedure.