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.
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.
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