Peninsula Community Health

Respiratory Nursing

Aid and Comfort

Respiratory Specialist Nurse Team

A team of skilled respiratory nurses provide cover through out Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. They work at the ‘interface’ between primary and secondary care and liaise with non healthcare services to provide an enhanced service for respiratory patients. 

The team will see adult patients with the following respiratory conditions.

  •  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  • Restrictive Airways Disease such as Pulmonary Fibrosis.
  • Asthma.
  • Bronchiectasis.
  • Respiratory Pulmonary Hypertension.

Patients can be referred to the team through their general practitioner, practice nurse or other health care professional.

Patients discharged from hospital may be referred to the service.

All clinically appropriate patients will be accepted by the team, regardless of age, culture, disability and gender sensitive issues

As the service is community based patients can be visited in the most appropriate place for them for example at home, if they are unable to attend a clinic appointment.

Every patient referred will have a respiratory nurse assessment and will be given advice and education about their condition. Where possible, patients will be given written plans on how to cope with their condition. The nurses are able to highlight problems patients may be experiencing with their daily activities and can refer on to other specialities such as Social Services.

The nurses will make a clinical decision when to discharge the patient. This will involve consultation with the patient.

Oxygen Patients

The respiratory nurses aim to assess and manage patients on oxygen therapy in the community, both in the patient’s home and in a clinic setting.

These clinics are run in conjunction with the Royal Cornwall Hospital and Derriford Hospital.

At the present time community oxygen clinics are available at

  •  West Cornwall Hospital
  • Liskeard Hospital. (to re start in the new year)
  • St Austell Hospital
  • Camborne and Redruth Hospital
  • Bodmin Hospital

 Patients requiring Long Term Oxygen will be seen by the nurses at regular intervals.


The respiratory nurses are a resource for delivery of respiratory care in the community. They are responsible for

  • Teaching and training others in managing respiratory disease
  • Act as a resource and give advice to other health care professionals in managing individual respiratory patients in the community
  • Act as a resource and give advice to other health care professionals in the assessment and management of patients on oxygen therapy

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