The community respiratory team provides specialist community based services to people with a wide range of respiratory diseases.

Primarily, the service offers:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Management of acute exacerbations (flair-ups)
  • General management (of unstable symptoms)
  • Respiratory physiotherapy (chest clearance)

The community respiratory team promote independent living and self management for people with a respiratory condition through specialist symptom and disease management, exacerbation avoidance and lifestyle support. The team assess, provide and monitor oxygen for those who need it and establish this therapy to enhance the quality of life for the user.

The multidisciplinary team consists of specialist nurses, doctors, therapists and physiologists who deliver services through community clinics, domiciliary visits and multidisciplinary team meetings. A major aspect of patient care is delivered in group sessions as pulmonary rehabilitation. This is a programme of education and exercise for patients with a chronic respiratory condition. 

Rehabilitation courses increase exercise capacity, improve walking distance and teach people to cope with breathlessness, fatigue, depression and anxiety, and overall help to better manage periods of breathlessness more effectively.

The service also provides the patient with the skills and knowledge to best self-manage their condition to reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital. 

The pulmonary rehabilitation course consists of a six to eight week group programme delivered in a friendly supportive atmosphere and includes; 

  • Advice on lung health and coping with breathlessness including practical application.
  • An exercise programme, carefully tailored to each individual.
  • An in-depth education programme.

The service also provides education for patients and healthcare professionals across Staffordshire. 

The team currently accepts referrals from consultants, nurses, allied health professionals, GPs, practice nurses and community matrons.

Useful Information

Patient Information Leaflets:

Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (Chest Clearance Exercise) 

COPD Self-Management Plan

NXH Bronchiectasis Self Management Plan 

BTS Self Management Plan 

Internet Links:


On-Line Videos To Support Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Exercise Programmes:

Patient Information Leaflets:

Living with COPD:

Living with Bronchiectasis:


Eating Well for Healthier Lungs:

Keeping Active:

Managing Breathlessness:

Smoking Cessation:

Oxygen Treatment:

ACPRC (Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Respiratory Care)

Use this link to access information leaflets on the following:

How to cope with being SOB - Positioning

How to cope with being SOB- Exercises

Energy Conservation

RIGHTBREATHE (also available as an App for smartphones/tablets):

This website can provide training videos on Inhaler techniques



MyCOPD (please note; this is only for patients who are known to the local Community Respiratory Service and have a diagnosis of COPD. Please contact your local Community Respiratory Service and provide them with an email address)

Educational You Tube Video Links:

Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (ACBT):

Acapella Chest Clearance Device (only when prescribed by a Respiratory Physiotherapist):

Flutter Chest Clearance Device (only when prescribed by a Respiratory Physiotherapist):

Seated Exercise Programme:

Gentle Home Exercise Programme:

Respiratory Service Contact Details

North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke Health Centre,

Cannock Chase Respiratory Service

Heath Hayes Health Centre, 
WS12 3TG

Stafford Respiratory Service

Weeping Cross Health Centre, Bodmin Avenue, Stafford ST17 0EG

Get in Contact

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Headquarters, St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3SR


Switchboard number

0300 790 7000
(staffed 24 hours a day, every day)

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