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A Breathlessness service has been launched at Wimborne Hospital, hosted by Lewis-Manning’s Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist.

Clare, Chief Executive advised, “This expansion of our services to new hubs across the communities of Poole, East Dorset and Purbeck is part of our strategy to bring care ‘closer to home’ for our patients. We are delighted that this service is now being offered in the heart of the community in Wimborne.”

Louise said, “We are so thrilled that we are able to run the Breathlessness service out of Wimborne Hospital. The clinic will be open on alternate Thursdays, with regular appointments available to patients needing help and support with their life-limiting condition. The first clinic will launch on 21st April. The clinic room is perfect as it’s the first treatment room by the reception area, by the main entrance, making the accessibility for patients as easy as possible. The response to our satellite clinic in Swanage has been phenomenal and I am thrilled to be able to expand this support to Wimborne and help even more people in the community closer to their homes and make our service more accessible to those in the surrounding area.

“Breathlessness can be frightening. We help people with respiratory conditions, such as COPD and lung cancer. The clinic is very patient centred – it is about listening to each person’s journey and their individual experience of breathlessness and how it impacts their lives. The assessment is an opportunity for me to learn about what coping strategies the individual already uses and together we look at other ways to help such as breathing techniques, positions to ease breathlessness, and fan therapy.”

To access the service patients need to be registered with a GP surgery and any healthcare professional directly link to your care can refer you to the Breathlessness clinic. For further information you can call 01202 708470.

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