Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group

RespiriCare are proud to be the sole provider of Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). RespiriCare took over the contract in October 2015 and ran its first successful course in November/December 2015.

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a nationally recognised treatment programme which improves patientís quality of life and exercise capacity (BTS, 2015). It is highly recommended for patients with breathing difficulties. To read more about the national guidelines please click here for the BTS guidelines.

What does it mean for patients?

Patients undergo an initial assessment prior to be enrolled on the course. This assessment takes approximately 30 minutes and includes a thorough medical assessment and measurements of baseline levels of walking ability, quality of life and well-being. Following the assessment, if patients are suitable they are enrolled on the programme.


The programme consists of a 6 week course of exercise and education which has been specifically designed for people with breathing problems. These may include: COPD, Asthma, Interstitial lung disease and others. The programme helps to improve both cardiovascular and strength fitness levels which in turn makes activities of daily living easier. We actively encourage participants to work at their own level whilst teaching methods of how to cope with breathlessness.

The educational component uses the British Lung Foundations Self-Management Booklet to inform patients as to how to better manage their condition. It combines spoken sessions with supplementary written material.

Who to refer

Patients who live in the borough of Bexley or who are registered with a GP in the area and:

  • All patients with COPD who consider themselves functionally disabled by breathlessness (usually people with an MRC score of three or more)
  • Patients with a confirmed diagnosis of other chronic progressive lung conditions (e.g. bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease, chronic asthma and chest wall disease and also patients pre and post thoracic surgery including lung transplant)
  • Patients who have either recently had an exacerbation of COPD requiring a hospital admission or whose functional baseline has significantly altered and is not following the expected recovery path

Please do not refer people who:

  • Have significant unstable cardiac or other disease that would make pulmonary rehabilitation exercise unsafe.
  • Those who are unable to walk or whose ability to walk safely and independently is significantly impaired due to non-respiratory related conditions.
  • Those unable to participate in a group environment or for who group sessions are not suitable.


We have a team of extremely experienced and highly skilled Chartered Physiotherapists who lead the courses who are assisted by our excellent support staff. To read more about our staff please click here (link to the who we are page)


Currently the course is held at Christ Church which is situated of the Broadway, Bexleyheath, DA6 7BT. There is a bus stop directly outside the centre and there is ample free parking on site.

To find out more about our programme or to make a referral, please email us pulmrehab@nhs.net or call us on 07715 639 410.