Paediatric respiratory medicine

Caring for children with breathing problems

Specialist expertise in treating babies and children with a range of respiratory and thoracic conditions

Respiratory medicine for children

Our expert paediatric respiratory consultants care for children with a range of respiratory conditions. This includes:

  • asthma
  • acute and chronic respiratory infections
  • chronic ventilator dependency
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

We cover all aspects of paediatric respiratory medicine, from wheezy infants and chronic coughs to cystic fibrosis. 

Our respiratory expertise

Our on-site diagnostic facilities test for a range of respiratory disorders, helping our consultants deliver the best treatment for your child.

  • Endobronchial Ultrasound EBUS

    Need to know

    An endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is used to take tissue samples from the lungs or the lymph nodes in the chest. It may be used to check for lung cancer, other cancers that are suspected of spreading to the lymph nodes, lymphoma and other non-cancerous conditions such as sarcoidosis or tuberculosis.

  • Bronchoscopy

    Need to know

    Your consultant may recommend that you have a bronchoscopy for various reasons, from investigating a persistent cough to taking a mucus sample if you have a lung infection. There are two different types of bronchoscopy: flexible rigid. A flexible bronchoscopy is more commonly used.

  • Bronchial challenge test

    Need to know

    Asthma is a common condition that causes lung inflammation and makes it difficult to breathe. This inflammation is sometimes caused by allergies or overly sensitive airways. A bronchial challenge test ‘challenges’ your airways by asking you to inhale doses of a powder and then measures your lungs' reaction.

  • Spirometry

    Need to know

    Spirometry assesses whether your airways are obstructed or if the movement of your lungs is restricted. It may be recommended if you're experiencing breathlessness or a persistent cough, or if you may have asthma. Spirometry is also used to monitor treatment for an existing condition.

Our paediatric respiratory specialists

Our consultants and their teams at The Portland Hospital have special expertise in diagnosing and treating babies and children with respiratory conditions including sleep apnoea, sleep-disordered breathing, respiratory muscle weakness and paralysis.

Our location

From complex thoracic surgery to straightforward respiratory test, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment with a paediatrician 

To request an appointment, call the paediatric unit on the number below. 

020 7390 8020
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