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Respiratory Medicine

The Respiratory Department offers a full inpatient and outpatient medical service, delivered by a Multi-Disciplinary team (MDT) which treats adults with conditions affecting the respiratory tract, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, respiratory infections and bronchiectasis, tuberculosis (TB), interstitial lung disease and sarcoidosis, pleural disease and sleep disorder. Diagnostic facilities are also provided for the majority of respiratory conditions.

The Respiratory Department is supported by 6 full-time consultants, an associate specialist, 4 full-time respiratory physiologists, 6 full-time respiratory nurse specialists and 2 full-time lung cancer nurse specialists with additional support from 2 TB nurse specialists. There is a fully equipped lung function, diagnostic sleep service and CPAP service as well as excellent radiology services. There are 3 bronchoscopy and EBUS lists per week which ensure patients can have procedures without delay. There is also a visiting Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon who comes across from Harefield Hospital every week.

The Department also has close links with the community based respiratory nurse specialists, Macmillan palliative care nurses and community matrons. The department is currently expanding with the imminent appointment of additional consultants in order to further improve and expand the services available.

Clinics

Dr Pillai
Dedicated One Stop Clinic on a Monday afternoon for patients with suspected lung cancer with access to CT scanning and lung function. Sub-specialising in TB (clinic on Wednesday afternoon with TB Nurse Specialist support), sleep and ventilation, COPD and general respiratory conditions with clinics on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning clinic.

Dr Ramsay
Dedicated One Stop Clinic on a Monday afternoon for patients with suspected lung cancer with access to CT scanning and lung function.

Sub-specialising in pleural disease and COPD. Specialist bronchiectasis clinic with respiratory physiotherapist present to offer advice and guidance in a clinical setting. Clinics on Wednesday morning and monthly Thursday evenings.

Dr Tariq
Sub-specialising in COPD and asthma with clinics on a Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Specialist TB clinic, supported by TB Nurse Specialists, on a Friday afternoon. Also supports ILD clinics which are run in conjunction with Rheumatologists.

Dr Chapman
Dedicated One Stop Clinic on a Monday afternoon for patients with suspected lung cancer with access to CT scanning and lung function. Also sub-specialising in pleural disease, COPD, asthma and general respiratory conditions with clinics on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning

Dr Ramsundar
Sub-specialising in sleep and ventilation, palliative care and COPD. Monthly dedicated ILD clinic run in conjunction with Rheumatology support. General clinics Tuesday morning and Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Dr Southern
Dedicated One Stop Clinic on a Monday afternoon for patients with suspected lung cancer with access to CT scanning and lung function. Also sub-specialising in pleural disease and general respiratory conditions with clinics on a Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Specialist bronchiectasis clinic with respiratory physiotherapist present to offer advice and guidance in a clinical setting.

Respiratory Nurse Clinics
Our team of respiratory nurses run independent clinics looking after patients with COPD, difficult asthma, interstitial lung disease and oxygen requirements in addition to running anti IgE clinics. The respiratory nurses are also involved in the provision of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programmes which run across 3 sites, covering Luton, Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable.

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has excellent tertiary links with Mount Vernon, Harefield, Addenbrookes, Papworth and the Royal Free and Royal Brompton hospitals in addition to St Marys Hospital London.

Visiting Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon attends Lung MDT Meeting on a Wednesday afternoon and runs an outpatient clinic for pre and postoperative patients on a Wednesday afternoon here at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

Procedures Provided

The department offers a full physiological assessment including:

  • Full lung function
  • Provocation testing
  • Sleep studies
  • Flight assessments
  • Oxygen assessment
  • Exhaled nitric oxide
  • Manometry studies
  • Bronchoscopy with Lavage Endobronchial biopsies, transbronchial biopsies and transbronchial needle aspiration
  • Pleural aspiration and biopsy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS)
  • Exercise induced asthma
  • Skin prick testing allergy profiles

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Respiratory Medicine

Admin Lead and Secretary to Dr Ramsay
Respiratory Consultant
Respiratory Nurse Specialist
Secretary to Dr Chapman
Respiratory Nurse Specialist
Consultant
Secretary to Dr Southern, Dr Ramsundar and Dr Joshi
Respiratory Nurse Specialist
Secretary to the Respiratory Nurse Specialists
Ldh-tr.respiratoryscecretaries@nhs.net
Respiratory Consultant
Respiratory Nurse Specialist
Secretary to Dr Pillai, Dr Tariq, Dr Gnanapragasam and Mr Finch
Respiratory Consultant
MDT Lead - Respiratory
Respiratory Consultant
Respiratory Nurse Specialist

Referral Process

Referrals are accepted via E-RS only.

Useful Contacts

  • Chest Clinic reception:
    01582 497227
  • Clinical Director:
    Dr Parthipan Pillai
    Kanthapillai.Parthipan@ldh.nhs.uk
  • Service Manager
    Farida Parkar
    Farida.Parkar@ldh.nhs.uk
  • General Manager
    Jenny Cadman
    01582 718227
    Jenny.Cadman@ldh.nhs.uk
  • Outpatients booking department:
    01582 561385
  • Bleep numbers:
    141, 484, 521
  • Switchboard
    01582 491166