Greenwich Hospital launches breathlessness program

The Breathlessness Program is a new service being offered in the Local Health District at Greenwich Hospital, to help patients manage and reduce their symptoms of breathlessness.

If you're experiencing breathlessness as part of a pulmonary disease, cancer or another illness, this weekly program is designed to help patients to avoid hospital admission and ultimately improve their quality of life.

About the program

The weekly program which runs a two-hour session over four weeks, will help patients develop the necessary skills to improve their quality of life by promoting self-management, reducing psychological and physical distress and avoiding hospital admissions. 

Before beginning the program, each participant will have an initial assessment by a Palliative Care Staff Specialist and a Physiotherapist to ensure their eligibility.

Each program will be run in small groups with a maximum of four people, however carers are also invited to attend if required.

Who will benefit from this service?

Adults who live in the Northern Sydney Local Health District, who require minimal or no assistance for mobility and are able to actively participate in exercise and education, with:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Cancer
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Any other illnesses that cause symptoms of breathlessness

What is included in the program?

The program will include a clinical assessment by a doctor and a physiotherapist, as well as weekly 2 hour group sessions and an exercise program which run over four weeks.

The weekly sessions will include education from occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers and dieticians. 

How do I register?

Please speak to an Allied Health staff member or your Palliative Care Staff Specialist on (02) 8437 7403.

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