The respiratory team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital includes Consultant Respiratory Physicians Dr Crichton Ramsay, Dr Ajay Kamath , Dr Orion Twentyman, Dr Mark Pasteur, Dr Philippe Grunstein, Dr Prasanna Sankaran, Dr Russell Phillips and Professor Andrew Wilson. The department has strong links with the UEA’s Norwich Medical School.
Matron Chris Parfitt is the Senior Nurse for the department and leads a team of respiratory nurses who provide both inpatient and outpatient services for patients with a wide range of respiratory conditions.
The respiratory team is supported by a large team of administrative staff.
Within the department are a number of sub-specialties with dedicated staff with a particular interest in specific conditions or therapies.
– Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
– Lung Cancer
– Cystic Fibrosis
– Sleep Medicine, Domiciliary CPAP
– Interstitial Lung Disease (pulmonary fibrosis)
– Pulmonary Rehabilitation
– Domiciliary Oxygen Therapy
– Immunoglobulin Therapy
The outpatients department has a lung function laboratory which has trained staff led by Andrew Wilkes. They are able to provide full tests for diagnosis and ongoing monitoring of respiratory conditions. The department also has access to radiological facilities for X-ray and CT scanning when required and provides three bronchoscopy sessions a week for more detailed investigations.
Over 9,000 outpatients are seen in the respiratory department each year, of which approximately 1,700 are new patients and approximately 7,500 are follow-up appointments.
Patients requiring admission to hospital are accommodated on our two respiratory wards, Hethel ward is situated on level 3, in the East block. Sister Karen Hall leads a team of respiratory ward nurses who provide 24 hour care to patients acutely unwell with their respiratory condition.
Coltishall ward is situated on level 2 in the West block. Sister Melanie Griggs leads the team.
In the last year the number of respiratory admissions totalled approximately 2,500.
Hethel ward has a dedicated NIV (non-invasive ventilation) bay which has 6 beds and experienced nursing staff managing patients with respiratory failure.
For further information about respiratory conditions:
- AsthmaUK – contains the latest independent advice and news on asthma
- British Thoracic Society – clinical information and guidelines
- British Lung Foundation – information and downloadable leaflets about lung conditions and patients support network (Breathe Easy Groups)
- patient.co.uk – information and leaflets for patients; more detailed information on patientplus section for health care professionals.
- Norfolk Stop Smoking Service
- Roy Castle Foundation – Information about lung cancer and treatments
- Cancerbackup – Information about lung cancer and coping with cancer
- Mesothelioma UK
- NICE guideline for lung cancer
- Big ‘C’ Centre
- The Sleep Apnoea Trust Association