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Respiratory medicine

Specialist care for breathing problems

Our respiratory departments use the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques to support the health and function of your lungs

Overview

Respiratory medicine focuses on diagnosing, treating and managing problems affecting your lungs and airways — from common conditions like asthma and allergies to complex diseases including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Our experienced consultants treat a wide range of respiratory complaints with symptoms including shortness of breath, persistent cough, chest discomfort and snoring. Whether you need initial tests or ongoing management of an existing condition, we provide an the highest quality of personalised care. Our respiratory experts work closely with leading consultants across a number of medical specialties, including cardiothoracic surgery, oncology and ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery — giving you the best tailored care, whatever your condition.

Expertise

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

  • 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 and 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 called mannitol and then measures...

  • 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.

  • Chemotherapy

    Need to know

    With HCA UK, there are no waiting lists and we aim to provide chemotherapy treatment as soon as possible. We have a network of chemotherapy day care facilities, providing expert treatment unique to your type and stage of cancer as well as your individual needs. No two treatment plans are the same....

  • NanoKnife treatment

    Need to know

    ​NanoKnife™, also known as irreversible electroporation, offers a precise alternative to open surgery for difficult-to-reach tumours. It works by passing a very high voltage current between a set of thin needles positioned around the tumour. This current damages and destroys the cancer cells. NanoKnife™...

Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with expert respiratory consultants, who care for patients with a range of chest conditions.

Our facilities

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

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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