Respiratory medicine

Respiratory medicine is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the lungs. The department provides an extensive service, managing a wide range of conditions including:

  • Asthma and allergy
  • Lung cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pleural disease
  • Occupational-related lung disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea

Outpatient clinics are held at the Lister, New QEII and Hertford County hospitals, with the respiratory medicine team running dedicated clinics for lung cancer, asthma, sleep disorders, Tuberculosis and pleural effusions.  A lung multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting is also held once a week for the management of those patients who have lung cancer.  We have visiting thoracic surgeons from Harefield and Papworth hospitals, who attend the lung MDT and the surgeon from Papworth holds an outpatient clinic at the Lister.

Procedures carried out by the respiratory medicine team include:

  • Bronchoscopy (500 a year)
  • Local anaesthetic thoracoscopy (60 a year)
  • Indwelling pleural catheters
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Domiciliary sleep studies

Inpatient services are provided at the Lister hospital only, where the dedicated respiratory ward is 11A, which also has a four-bedded respiratory support unit (RSU) for monitoring acutely unwell respiratory patients – as well as providing non-invasive ventilation (NIV).   A seven-day acute chest team (ACT) service is provided, the purpose of which is to review, within 24 hours, all respiratory patients admitted to the Lister via the hospital’s emergency department or acute medical assessment unit.  The team also advises on acutely unwell respiratory patients on other inpatient wards at the Lister, as well as providing a rapid assess clinic to facilitate the early discharge of patients, or preventing their admission in the first place.

The respiratory medicine team

Dr She Lok – clinical director for respiratory services
Dr Richard Dent
Dr Alison McMillan
Dr Alex Wilkinson
Dr Katie Chong
Dr Wha-Yong Lee
Dr Safwat Hamad
Prof Thida Win
Dr Peer Mohamed (Starting in July 2017)

Visiting consultants
Mr Vladamir Anikin – visiting thoracic surgeon, Harefield hospital
Mr Aman Coonar – visiting thoracic surgeon, Papworth hospital

Nursing staff
Claire Wotton – lead respiratory nurse, sleep and non-invasive ventilation nurse specialist
Sharon Allcorn – respiratory nurse specialist
Angela Blundell – respiratory nurse specialist
Jane Conway – respiratory nurse specialist
Rachel Higham – respiratory nurse specialist
Sarah Lewis – respiratory nurse specialist
Carly Long – respiratory nurse specialist
Carol Loosely – respiratory and TB nurse specialist
Kay Radcliffe – TB nurse specialist
Elvira Torio – respiratory nurse specialist
Clare Walsh – respiratory nurse specialist
Emma Spires – sleep support worker

Lung cancer nurse specialists
Elaine Dockree – sees patients at the Lister
Patricia Swann – sees patients at the QEII and Hertford County

Lung physiology technicians
Marta Vilaca – lead technician
Ana Gaspar
Sofia Pinto

Medical secretaries – Lister
Julie Bailey – secretary to the sleep team and lung function (01438 284898)
Emma Jolly – secretary to the respiratory nurses and ACT (01438 285621)
Donna Cresswell – Secretary to Dr Mcmillan, Dr Mohamed EXTN 8073 (01438 288073)
Tina Prime – Secretary to Dr Win, Mr Coonar, Dr Wilkinson EXTN 5869 (01438 285869)

Medical secretaries – QEII and Hertford County
Linda Eveleigh (for Hertford County patients) – secretary to Dr Lok, Dr Dent and Dr Gore (01992 823079)
Brenda Whitbread (for QEII patients) – secretary to Dr Lok, Dr Dent and Dr McMillan (01992 823073)

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