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Private Respiratory Services at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire.

You can get fast access to highly experienced Consultant Respiratory Physicians at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayr with quick assessments if you’re suffering from an array of symptoms, including breathlessness, coughing or chest pain.

Our chest clinic offers outpatient appointments without a wait, and you can book a consultation at a time to suit you, so it fits your schedule.

At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, our Consultant Respiratory Physicians can offer a range of tests, including blood tests, allergy tests and lung function testing, to help get you the diagnosis you need.

The hospital is in a peaceful setting in south Ayrshire. It is easy to get to from the M6/M74 junction, the A70 and the A77.

We will look after you well from the moment you arrive at the hospital. Our multidisciplinary teams work together seamlessly to provide you with the highest levels of care.

Respiratory medicine is a speciality that provides care for patients with a range of symptoms to do with the lungs, airways, and sinuses. It involves managing diseases that affect the nose, mouth cavity (pharynx), voice box (larynx) – the upper respiratory tracts. It also consists of the windpipe (trachea), airways (bronchi) and the lungs, which make up the lower respiratory tracts.

Our expert Consultant Respiratory Physicians at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital see patients with problems such as sinusitis, asthma, airway diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis, a condition that affects the airway walls.

Another common disease that we treat is interstitial lung disease (ILD), a condition where the lung tissue is replaced by a build-up of scar (fibrous) tissue. Workplace exposure to asbestos (asbestosis) or silica (silicosis), or smoking, can cause scarring to the lungs. It makes breathing increasingly difficult as the disease progresses.

Respiratory physicians are also called pulmonologists or lung doctors. They use interviews, examinations, and investigations to make a diagnosis of your symptoms. The most common symptoms patients present with are:

  • Chronic cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Swollen ankles

At Carrick Glen Hospital, our consultants have access to a comprehensive number of diagnostic services. They include biopsies, lung function tests (spirometry), electrocardiograms (ECGs) to monitor your heart’s electrical activity, and x-rays to help them diagnose your respiratory problem. They can also arrange various blood tests related to allergies, which may be suspected if you have asthma or sinus problem.

Respiratory consultants are dual-accredited doctors who are trained in general medicine as well as respiratory medicine. All our respiratory experts are highly experienced and exemplify patient-centred care.

Our Consultant Respiratory Physicians accept GP and other consultant referrals, as well as patients who wish to self-refer.

When you arrive, the reception team will show you to our outpatient waiting room, where your consultant will come and greet you. Your consultant will then show you into their private consulting room.

At your first appointment, your consultant respiratory physician will go through your referral letter with you. It’s helpful to determine whether you agree with what the GP or specialist said and whether you have anything to add.

If you don’t have a letter, the consultant will ask you to tell your story in your own words and ask them any questions. You’ll have ample time to explain your situation, and your consultant will listen very carefully to what you have to say, including your history and what you hope to achieve with medical intervention.

A physical examination often helps your consultant to diagnose your problem. They will check your heart rate and blood pressure and listen to your lungs with a stethoscope.

They will give you an opinion of what they think could be happening to you, and this might suggest a way forward for further investigations.

Your consultant may organise an x-ray, which can be carried out straight away. They will show you to our imaging department within the hospital and then go through the results with you once complete. This all takes place during your initial visit. It ensures you get answers and a diagnosis quickly.

If your consultant thinks a breathing test (spirometry) would aid diagnosis, they will arrange for it to be done before your next appointment. A spirometry test involves breathing into a mouthpiece connected to equipment linked to a computer. It monitors the speed and volume of air you blow out.

If your consultant requires a detailed picture of your chest, they may send you for a computerised tomography (CT) scan at our sister hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

If you suffer from allergies, they may do some blood tests and then arrange for you to come back and see them at a later date to go over the results. We send blood tests for testing in pathology, and results can take about seven days to return.

Sometimes your consultant respiratory physician can start you on treatment immediately, for example, if they felt your asthma could be better managed.

If you are waiting on scans or blood results before your consultant can provide you with a diagnosis, they may give you a scorecard to keep count of your symptoms' severity in the meantime. You should then bring this along with you to your next appointment.

The typical treatments for asthma and interstitial lung disease are specialist tablets to ease the symptoms. Other therapies include reliever inhaler-based therapies.

All treatments need time to work, and your consultant will arrange for you to come in for a follow-up appointment two to four weeks after starting any treatment to discuss progress. If you don’t think there has been any improvement, your consultant may suggest a change to the treatment.

Given similarities between respiratory complaints and other conditions, respiratory physicians regularly refer to ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, gastroenterologists and cardiologists. A sore throat may indicate acid reflux, and breathlessness, together with swelling of the ankles, can indicate a heart complication.

When you’re fighting for air, concerned about your asthma, or you are at the end of your rope with painful sinuses, our expert consultant respiratory physicians give you fast access to a range of treatments that can help your condition.

Whether it’s the warm welcome you receive from the reception team or the dedicated time you get with your consultant, outstanding care is at the heart of our service.

Our respiratory consultants have extensive clinical experience, are members of noted professional bodies, and are active in either clinical research or teaching medical students.

We are aware of the fear that asthma attacks can bring on, the distress caused when you’re struggling to breathe, and the exhaustion breathing difficulties can cause. We aim to help you as quickly as possible, to prevent respiratory conditions from taking over your life, and provide tailored treatment plans that suit your individual needs.

Specialists Offering Respiratory Services

Dr Sudipta Roy

Consultant Respiratory Physician

MBBS, DTM&H, FRCP (UK)

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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