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Respiratory problems can be concerning for anyone. Get treatment now
If you are experiencing new symptoms and are in need of a diagnosis, or you have had a flare up of an existing condition, our consultants at The Beardwood can give you the best personalised care to get you fighting fit once again, without delay.
Respiratory medicine at The Beardwood deals primarily with conditions related to the respiratory tract. This consists of:
Common symptoms of respiratory disease include:
Here at The Beardwood, we provide private respiratory care for people living in Blackburn, Lancashire, and further afield. If you have had any of the symptoms listed above, come and see us for an accurate diagnosis and a consultant-led expert treatment plan.
If you have any chest pain, your consultant may wish to work with colleagues from Cardiology in order to rule out any heart issues, and this may involve some cardiac diagnostic tests, such as an ECG (electrocardiogram), which monitors heart rate and looks for any disturbances.
Oncology colleagues may also be brought in to help test for lung cancer. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures an accurate diagnosis from experts in every field.
Whatever the condition, whatever your diagnosis, our consultants at The Beardwood will work as a collective to get you the best solution.
Your consultant will take a detailed medical history and will ask about the various symptoms you have been experiencing. They will most likely want to know:
They will also perform a physical examination (testing heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature), listen to your chest with a stethoscope while you breathe in and out, and check your basic lung function.
This lung function check is done with a Spirometry test, which measures the total volume of air you can breathe out in one breath. A clip is placed over your nose to help prevent any air escaping, and you’ll be asked to insert a mouthpiece, which is attached to a cable leading to the spirometer machine itself. You will then be asked to breathe in deeply, filling your lungs, before quickly breathing out as hard as you can. You will usually need to do this three times to make sure an accurate result is given.
The test can also determine inflammation in the airways as well as responsiveness, allowing your consultant to make a detailed analysis for asthma patients.
Depending on the findings, further diagnostic investigations can be done such as a chest x-ray or CT scan, as well as collaborations with other specialties like Cardiology. Occasionally, you may be given a skin allergy test or various blood tests to help rule out certain allergies which can cause breathlessness.
Whether you are in the diagnosis stage or receiving treatment, our services are always consultant-led and consultant-delivered, giving you exceptional care from day one, right the way through to your recovery.
Asthma patients commonly need two types of inhalers – one to prevent symptoms, and one to relieve them when an attack occurs. Your consultant can also offer guidance on how to manage your asthma triggers, which could be anything from pollution and pollen count, to animals, certain medications, and even weather conditions.
Bronchodilators may be used in the treatment of COPD, a drug that helps to open up your airways. Much like asthma sufferers, you may also require an inhaler to help reduce any swelling or inflammation of your airways. These can be arranged quickly and easily, meaning relief from your symptoms is never far away.
If you have a pre-existing respiratory condition that needs managing, or you’ve experienced symptoms such as breathlessness, why not get in touch with our reception team today to book a consultation? Our consultants can organise the necessary diagnostic tests to investigate your symptoms, and outline all treatment options for you promptly, arranging any further scans or surgery if required.
For peace of mind and expert care, book an appointment online now.