BMI Bath ClinicClaverton Down Road, Combe Down, Bath, BA2 7BR Directions
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Outpatients: 7am - 8pm
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Rapid assessment and treatment of respiratory conditions
Respiratory medicine is involved with the diagnosis and management of diseases in the lower respiratory tract (trachea, bronchi and lungs). This includes the airways (bronchi), the substance of the lung (known as lung parenchyma which include air sacs (alveoli), and the blood vessels.
A Consultant in Respiratory Medicine also manages diseases of the lining (pleura) of the lung and chest wall, and those affecting some structures in the centre of the chest (known as mediastinal structures), such as lymph glands.
Whether your symptoms are completely new or caused by a flare-up of an existing respiratory condition, when you visit BMI Bath Clinic you will receive consultant-delivered care, tailored to your particular requirements and condition, so that you can return to better respiratory health without delay.
A problem in any part of the respiratory system has the potential to have a significant, potentially life-threatening, impact on your health.
Respiratory conditions tend to cause certain symptoms. Some of the common reasons people come to see us for help include:
The global pandemic caused by COVID-19 raised awareness of the danger of having a severe, untreated respiratory condition. While many people with this illness experienced relatively mild flu-like symptoms, a great many others became very seriously ill, requiring hospitalisation to receive critical care including artificial ventilation.
COVID-19 and long COVID (a term used to describe a wide range of symptoms believed to be caused by COVID-19) has made many people much more aware of the importance of a healthy respiratory system. However please note, patients with symptoms or diagnosis of long COVID are best treated by specialist clinics established in Primary Care, and not a Respiratory Consultant.
BMI Bath Clinic is based a couple of miles outside the historic city of Bath in the South West of England. Our Consultant in Respiratory Medicine provides private respiratory care for people in Bath and the surrounding areas with a wide range of symptoms and conditions.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it can be a sensible course of action to seek expert help. Why not book an appointment with our consultant to access the support you need sooner?
Diseases and conditions that affect the respiratory system can be categorised as:
Within these six categories, more common respiratory conditions include:
There are a wide range of treatments available, including inhalers, antibiotics, steroids, or immune modulators.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment for respiratory conditions and treatment is always tailored to the individual.
For various respiratory symptoms or conditions, your consultant may work closely with consultants in another speciality to ensure you receive the best possible treatment. For example, if you are experiencing pains in your chest and a respiratory cause has been ruled out, you may well be referred to Cardiology (Heart specialists) to investigate other causes.
Radiologists (X-ray specialists) will report all imaging carried out at BMI Bath Clinic.
Most people are referred to us by their GP or another healthcare professional. A medical referral is helpful, as it means your consultant has access to your previous medical history and any recent or relevant test results, such as blood tests or a chest X-ray.
When you meet with your consultant, they will take a medical history and talk with you in detail about the symptoms you have been experiencing. They will also carry out a physical examination of your chest and any other relevant systems, using a stethoscope to listen to your lungs as you breathe in and out.
There are a number of tests which can be helpful in coming to a diagnosis, including:
Depending on what these tests show, you may need additional investigations such as:
Some of these tests and investigations can be done at BMI Bath Clinic while others will be arranged for you off-site (at the RUH) if required. Where appropriate, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans and other advanced investigations can also be requested outside the hospital.
Once any results are back and a diagnosis has been made, your consultant will meet with you again to talk about treatment options to best manage your condition. If you have any questions or concerns, they will of course be very happy to discuss these with you.
Treatment for respiratory conditions is very much a collaboration between you and your consultant. They will monitor the effects of any treatment, and if adjustments are needed at any time (for example, changing the dose of medication) this is easily arranged.
If you would appreciate expert guidance and support for a respiratory condition, whether new or pre-existing, why not book your respiratory appointment now? We look forward to welcoming you to BMI Bath Clinic and helping to improve your respiratory health sooner.
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