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Respiratory Medicine

This expert team provide respiratory care for a wide range of chest and lung conditions:

  • lung cancer
  • tuberculosis (TB)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • asthma
  • pneumonia and other respiratory infections
  • sleep disorders
  • interstitial lung diseases (such as pulmonary fibrosis)
  • occupational lung diseases
  • thromboembolic disease.

The dedicated Respiratory Medicine Department has 45 inpatient beds, of which 12 form the Lung Support Unit (LSU), delivering High Dependency Unit level care, such as Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) and High Flow Nasal Oxygen to respiratory patients on the ward.

The ward has an overnight sleep study facility to assess patients with sleep apnoea. A well equipped Respiratory Laboratory is also attached to the ward, which is supported by respiratory physiologists.

Consultant-led Respiratory clinics are held each week across Arrowe Park Hospital, Clatterbridge Hospital and Victoria Central Health Centre (where the community COPD and Oxygen Service is also based, serving around 800 patients on home oxygen).

Consultants/Senior Staff

Nicola Stevenson

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Name:

Dr Nicola Stevenson

Position:

Consultant Physician (Respiratory & General Medicine)

Respiratory Medicine

Pleural disease Lung cancer Interstitial lung disease Tuberculosis and lung infection Medical education

COPD

Consultant Physician Honorary Lecturer (University of Liverpool) Joint Training Programme Director for Respiratory Medicine (Mersey Deanery):

1994

Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (London) British Thoracic Society British Medical Association North West Thoracic Society Academy of Higher Education Associate

Andrew Wight

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Name:

Dr Andrew Wight

Position:

Consultant Physician

Respiratory and General Medicine

Lung Cancer Interventional bronchoscopy and sleep medicine Medical education

Involved in 2013 Extreme Everest Research expedition in Nepal, ongoing research interest into fitness for treatment in lung cancer

2002

British Medical Association, British Thoracic Society

The Clinical Service Lead is Dr Nikki Stevenson, who leads a team of four consultants:, Dr Zaroug Whabi, Dr Hoc Tan, Dr Carol Paxton and Dr Andrew Wight.

The Matron for the Respiratory Service is Matron Sue Ryan and the Divisional is Mrs Anne McGinnity.

Lung Cancer

We provide a comprehensive multi-disciplinary lung cancer day.

This has been set up on a weekly basis (every Thursday) with the plan to expand in the future.

It includes:

  • All suspected lung cancers are seen early in the morning, in the outpatient clinic
  • CT imaging is performed later the same morning and reported by a designated radiologist
  • Following consultation with the radiologist, the chest consultant will arrange for a bronchoscopy
  • If further tests are required the request would be made immediately
  • The lung Multi Disciplinary Team Meeting takes place the following Tuesday to review histology and decide on management
  • Patients are reviewed after the Multi Disciplinary Team Meeting to advise of diagnosis and agree a management plan.
COPD

The service manages the COPD and pulmonary rehabilitation dedicated team that provide treatment and support to patients in the community. The service aims are to:

  • To identify patients with undiagnosed COPD in community and improve access
  • To deliver a high quality pulmonary rehabilitation programme to patients to support self management of their condition
  • To educate and enable people to manage their condition effectively, limiting its impact and therefore ensuring a greater quality of life
  • To provide home oxygen and optimise the patients.

The Respiratory Directorate also offers the Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) service, thoracoscopy and bronchoscopy.

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