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Respiratory

Overview

The Respiratory Department deals with patients with chest related disease/illness the most common being asthma/COPD along side lung cancer, TB, and the investigation of symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath.

We also see patients with sleep related breathing disorders such as sleep apnoea, and we have a pulmonary function lab for a range of breathing tests that patients may require to help to determine a diagnosis.

Clinics and services

Monday to Friday, 8am - 5pm

All patients are seen by appointment only.

Additional Services

We have dedicated Respiratory Physiotherapists assisting patients with a full range of Respiratory conditions.

They are predominantly based at Royal Berkshire Hospital with clinics also at West Berkshire Community Hospital, Bracknell Healthspace and Townlands Hospital.

Referrals are taken from hospital specialists and sometimes GPs both for clinic appointments and the specialist Pulmonary Rehabilitation courses.

Referrals are taken from GPs and other hospital consultants for patients with suspected sleep problems.

Consultant sleep clinics are held on Thursday mornings at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Nurse-led clinics are held each week day except Bank Holidays.

Staff details

Mark Unstead is responsible for the day to day running of the Sleep Unit assisted by nursing and physiology staff.

New patients:

No preparation is necessary, although It is helpful to bring your sleep partner to the appointment.

Nearby facilities

Refreshment points

Convenience store (Main Entrance Block)
Coffee bar (Main Entrance Block)
Restaurant on level 1 (South Block)
League of Friends shop and tea bar (Maternity Block)

ATM machine

Opposite the reception desk on level 2 in the Main Entrance block and in the tea area in South Block

There is a booked BCG clinic for patients that have been referred by their GP/health visitor/consultant for any TB related queries.

What is Latent or Sleeping TB?

People with latent TB infection do not feel sick and do not have any symptoms. They are infected with the TB bacteria, but do not have TB disease. TB bacteria can sleep in your body for years.

The risk is that Latent TB can become active and make you ill and infectious to other people.

You are at risk of sleeping TB if:

  • You were born or lived in a high-risk country for more than 6 months.
  • Your chest x-ray was clear – sleeping TB does not show on x-rays
  • You have had a BCG vaccination – the vaccination does not protect you for life
  • Anyone who has arrived in the UK from one of these countries shown on the map below within the past 5 years can be tested.

How can I find out if I have sleeping TB?

You will need a simple blood test or skin test which is FREE from your local TB service.

If your test shows you have sleeping TB we will give you FREE treatment to reduce the risk of it becoming active.

How can I get a blood test?

If you live in Reading, Newbury or Wokingham call 0118 322 6882 to book your test at our New Entrant Screening Clinic.

Royal Berkshire Hospital
Craven Road
Reading RG1 5AN

Protect yourself, your family and friends by getting tested now.

Tests are confidential and do not affect your right to remain in the UK.

More information on Latent TB, also known as Sleeping TB is available on the Public Health England website.


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