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Breathlessness caused by life-limiting illness is a difficult symptom to manage. It can impact all aspects of people’s lives and make normal daily tasks difficult. It can also affect the lives of family and friends and can be very frightening and distressing.

At Lewis Manning’s Breathlessness Service we provide individual holistic assessments for people living with breathlessness. We listen to what it is like for the person struggling with their breathing, and for those who care for them, with the aim of helping people live more comfortably with their symptom.

We are a Specialist Physiotherapy led team who can also offer specialist advice on exercise and managing daily activities.


What can I expect at my appointment?

  • You will be contacted within 5 days of us receiving the referral.
  • You can choose to have your appointment via telephone, video call or face to face in one of our clinics.
  • Your assessment will last up to an hour but can be shorter to suit you and your condition.
  • You will have time to share your experience of breathlessness.
  • You will have access to advice about techniques to help you manage your breathing problem, including breathing exercises, positions of ease, fan therapy and managing associated anxiety or panic


We have clinics in Purbeck, Wimborne and Poole and we also offer virtual support via telephone or video call.

Who is the clinic for & how do I get referred?

People will need to be registered with a GP surgery within East Dorset or Purbeck. They will have a diagnosed reason for their breathlessness and find their breathlessness difficult to manage in-spite of treatment (See referral form for more details).

Referrals will need to be made via a health professional involved in the care of the person.

To find out more about the Breathlessness Service please contact Lewis Manning Hospice Care on 01202 708470 and ask to speak to the Breathlessness Service team or email admissions.lewismanning@nhs.net

Will I be charged for this service?

There is no cost to the patient to attend our Breathlessness Service but we encourage people to donate however much they can, so that we can keep offering our extraordinary palliative care. As a registered charity, we rely heavily on the local community’s help, support and donations to keep Lewis-Manning Hospice Care running as we only receive 21% funding from the NHS.

If you wish to make a donation to support our work, please click here. For more information on our Breathlessness Service please contact a member of our team on 01202 708470 or email,enquiries@lewis-manning.org.uk.


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