A new community clinic to help people with lung diseases has opened its doors at Filey Road sports centre in Scarborough.
The clinic will be run by the community respiratory team and will treat patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and some other lung diseases where breathlessness stops them from living a normal life.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a six week course consisting of strengthening exercises and gentle aerobic type exercises. Pateints must be referred by their GP or practice nurse.
Heather Yuille, respiratory physiotherapist, said: “There are many benefits to pulmonary rehabilitation helping patients medically, socially and psychologically.
“In general, patients benefit from an improved quality of life and an increased ability to carry out daily tasks.
“Previously patients who required pulmonary rehab were treated in a hospital outpatient setting.
“By working in partnership with NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group and Scarborough Borough Council, suitable patients can now access rehabilitation in a more community-based setting.”
The clinic started last month and takes place on a Monday and Thursday afternoon.