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Welcome to Pulmonary Rehab

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a self-management programme for people with lung conditions who experience breathlessness in their daily life and are motivated to take steps to improve. 

Pulmonary rehabilitation can improve your quality of life by teaching you techniques to manage your condition and improve your fitness levels.

The programme is twice a week for six weeks with assessments of your function at the beginning and at the end.

We will:

  • Assess for suitability to complete pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Agree goals with you
  • Provide education and advice on lung conditions and self-management techniques
  • Progressive exercise classes tailored to your abilities
  • We work closely with the Referral to Stop Smoking Services and St Helena Hospice
  • We can also provide referral to other services that can help, e.g: respiratory physiotherapy, home oxygen, COPD and community rehabilitation services.  


If you are interested but can not commit to a six week course twice per week and you have COPD – please contact us directly via the contact gateway 0300 0032 1444

Pulmonary rehab is not suitable for people who have:

  • Significant and limiting musculoskeletal conditions (i.e. severe arthritis)
  • Unstable angina
  • Acute LVF
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm


Where is the Service provided?

Pulmonary rehab classes are currently delivered from:

  • Colchester Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, CO4 5JL twice a week.

  • Tendring District Scout Centre, Valley Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 6NA twice a week.

  • Greenstead Community Centre, Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3QE twice a week

We can also offer virtual group PR via MS teams twice a week for a 6-week programme. Please contact us if you would be interested in this option. 

We also support you to self-manage your respiratory condition with the option to signpost to clinically relevant resources including telephone support from the pulmonary rehab team. 

How to access the Service

You can be referred by your Doctor, nurse or other health professional.

You can self-refer in to the service via allied health professional Suffolk's website if you are eligible. 

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