The Department of Thoracic Medicine offers a comprehensive
assessment and treatment service for respiratory disease.
A team of six highly experienced consultant physicians supported
by multidisciplinary teams provide services across all of
our five sites within the Trust.
Outpatient chest clinics are offered from all sites on a weekly
basis, as well as weekly broncoscopy sessions and pulmonary
function testing from three sites.
There are dedicated thoracic CT slots, supported by weekly
meetings with the radiology specialists to discuss imaging
The main services provided include lung cancer and pulmonary
rehabilitation, with the respiratory team working closely with the
regional oncology and thoracic surgical units in Newcastle and
Consultants from these regional hospitals also run outreach
clinics in our hospitals to enable patients to have some of their
treatment and care closer to home.
Other main services provided by CDDFT include a comprehensive
diagnostic sleep service thoracoscopy for pleural disease and
cystic fibrosis services offering shared care with regional CF
The respiratory team work closely with the community nursing
teams for some after care, following treatment.
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital