Respiratory "Hot" Clinic
The clinic runs Monday to Friday 10 am to 5pm.
The clinic is staffed by a Respiratory Consultant, supported by a Respiratory Nurse Specialist and a Specialist Registrar.
This service is available to GPs and Community Matrons to refer patients they feel meet the referral criteria. It is intended to prevent the admission of patients with acute respiratory problems and is suitable for referral of adult patients threatening admission with a respiratory problem. Patients are discharged from the clinic with a management plan drawn up by a Respiratory Consultant.
A recent audit of the effectiveness of this clinic showed that 72% of our referrals were successfully treated in the community following attendance at the clinic and avoided the need for hospitalisation. (Thorax 2008; 63: supplement VII A13).
This service is NOT for suspected lung cancer in well patients - these must still be referred via the "2 week wait fast track" service.