Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Cystic Fibrosis

Level 4C

  • Telephone: 01273 696955 Extension 3127
  • Fax: 01273 523141
  • Consultants: Dr Paul Seddon, Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay, Dr Akshat Kapur, Dr Krishne Chetty
  • Senior Respiratory Nurse Specialist: Edwina Wooler
  • Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory Nurse Specialists: Jason Lenton, Cathy Warde, Carolynn Lorimer
  • Respiratory Research Nurse: Cathy Olden

The Department of Respiratory Care is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. It offers expertise in the diagnosis, care and ongoing management of a diverse range of childhood respiratory diseases and allergies. The team of specialist nurses trained in respiratory care is led by a consultant paediatrician who specialises in respiratory disease.

Our department’s comprehensive diagnostic resources include a body plethysmograph, exercise testing equipment and facilities for allergy testing. Many of the diagnostic tests performed here are not widely available in the South East.

We carry out the following investigations and activities:

  • Lung function testing for diagnostic, clinical and research purposes
  • Exercise testing
  • Analysis of overnight sleep study data
  • Coordination of home nebuliser service
  • Coordination of support for home non-invasive ventilation
  • Multidisciplinary meetings for patient management and research
  • Maintenance of patient databases
  • Telephone advice to parents and healthcare professionals.

The nursing team runs weekly asthma outpatient clinics, with patients referred from GPs, practice nurses, school nurses and health visitors. Children are also referred for follow up care after having been in hospital with an acute exacerbation of asthma. When it was set up, this was the first such nurse led clinic in the country.

Children admitted to the Medical Ward with respiratory illnesses will be assessed and advised by the respiratory nursing team. The team specialises in advising parents about the home management of asthma, including medication and improving the immediate environment. The nurses also work closely with the smoking cessation service.

The nursing team holds outpatient clinics in conjunction with medical staff to provide a comprehensive allergy service including skin prick testing and Epipen training, full respiratory review and liaison with other health care professionals.

We also work with the Department of Adult Respiratory Medicine to offer young people transitional care to adult services through a jointly run clinic.

The Cystic Fibrosis nurse specialists visit families in the community to provide support and advice, through from diagnosis to transfer onto the adult care services. This includes working within nurseries and schools. They have close working relationships with the physiotherapists, dieticians, paediatric pharmacists and adult respiratory team.