Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Pulmonary rehabilitation team

The pulmonary rehabilitation programme at St Richard’s is run by a team of professionals from across the hospital.

You will meet different members of the pulmonary rehabilitation team at different stages of the programme, but the majority of sessions will be run by physiotherapists and support workers/technical instructors. The team includes:

  • Physiotherapists – Victoria Bulbeck (Team Lead) and a rotational therapist.
  • Occupational therapist – Ellie Stratton-Richards
  • Senior support worker – Tracy Evans
  • Therapy technical instructor – Katie Palmer
  • Nurses – Andrea Barnes, Becky Toone and Angela Williamson
  • Dietitians
  • Volunteer – Ann

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Occupational Therapy Service

The pulmonary rehabilitation team’s occupational therapist, Ellie Stratton-Richards, is also able to see patients on a one-to-one basis, offering support to those whose breathlessness is affecting their day-to-day living.

Ellie will set personal goals with the patients that they can work towards achieving, and can also help them with equipment provision, energy conservation and in managing feelings of anxiety and low mood.

Occupational therapy referrals are made through the pulmonary rehabilitation and respiratory teams.

How do I contact the service?

The pulmonary rehabilitation team is based in the physiotherapy department at St Richard’s Hospital.

You can contact us by calling 01243 788122 ext 35184. If no-one is available to take your call, you can leave a message and we will ring you back.

Alternatively, you can get in touch by email: WSHNT.PulmonaryRehab@nhs.net

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