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Pulmonary rehabilitation service for patients on the Gold Coast

19/10/2018

Gold Coast Health provides a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation service for eligible patients with chronic respiratory disease. The service is based at Helensvale Community Health Centre and in the Robina Health Precinct.

Patients received care from a highly-skilled, multidisciplinary team that includes: Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Dietetics, Nursing, Speech Pathology and Pharmacy. The team collectively has more than 75 years’ experience of providing pulmonary rehabilitation. 
 
From back left – Anne Sinclair OT, Shelley Cormack CN, Kathryn Lawrie SW, Penny Bishop CN, Corinne French PT
Front from left Amanda McCowan OT, Asheigh Farr SP, Kaye Gillett AHA

All patients have an initial assessment that includes a 6-minute walk test (6MWT), Spirometry and Grocery stacking shelf task (GST). They also complete the Patient Generated Subjective Global Assessment (PG-SGA), nutritional readiness to exercise, Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale (HAD) and St George Quality of Life questionnaires. 

The pulmonary rehabilitation program consists of two main components – education and exercise. It lasts eight weeks, with one education and two exercise sessions each week. Patients are prescribed a circuit based exercise programme tailored to their 6MWT results. The emphasis is breathing control and pacing, rather than intensity of exercise, and practical application of the breathing techniques they are taught. Patients are actively monitored throughout the sessions and given real-time feedback. 

In addition to the education and exercise sessions, patients are offered one-to-one appointments with all the members of the MDT to develop self-management plans and increase their understanding of their conditions. They also receive individualised home exercise programs. 

Physiotherapist Andrew Shaw says: It is truly extraordinary to observe the change in patients’ week to week, from feeling extremely anxious and resistant to exercise, to thoroughly enjoying the class and feeling confident in their ability to manage their breathlessness and exercise!’

Once patients complete the program, they are encouraged to continue with exercise classes such as ‘Lungs in Action’. These classes are by invitation only and are provided free-of-charge by personal trainers working in partnership with the MDT. 

It is quick and easy to refer patients to the service and with World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day on 21 November, it is an ideal time for general practitioners to check in with their patients and see if they have been referred into this service. 

The referral template can be downloaded here. Once completed, simply fax or e-mail it to: 1300 668 536.

If you would like more information, please phone 1300 668 936.
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