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Many patients with long-term respiratory conditions who attend a structured pulmonary rehabilitation programme can make significant improvements in walking distances, activities at home and in their general health status.

Experienced healthcare workers, including qualified physiotherapists, tailor an exercise programme that is appropriate to any individual’s level of ability. For some patients this means gentle walking and some seated exercises; for others it is faster walking, step-ups and using an exercise bicycle.

In each group we aim, to have ten to twelve people who all have lung conditions and suffer from similar symptoms. During each session participants will do about 45 minutes of supervised exercise, have light refreshments and then attend an education sessions. The education topics range from talking about ways to control your breathing, how to manage a flare-up of your lung condition and a visit from the dietician.

We have 3 sites across Wandsworth, based at St George’s Hospital, Wandle Recreation Centre and Latchmere Leisure Centre. We provide an eight-week exercise and education programme that takes place twice a week, in line with NICE and BTS guidelines.

We welcome enquiries and referrals from the Respiratory team, general practitioners, therapists and PCT practice nurses.


We can provide pulmonary rehabilitation at home for those patients who may not be able to get to our centres. An assessment will take place in order to assess your requirements prior to commencing the course.

See our Community Respiratory Services for more information.