The respiratory team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital includes Consultant Respiratory Physicians Dr Russell Phillips, Dr Ajay Kamath, Dr Mark Pasteur, Dr Philippe Grunstein, Dr Prasanna Sankaran, Professor Andrew Wilson, Dr Luaie Idris, Dr Sadiyah Hand, Dr Eleanor Mishra, Dr Orion Twentyman, Dr Nicola Gray, Dr Manuela Del Forno and Dr Chris Atkins, Consultant Respiratory Nurse Sandra Olive and a team of Respiratory Specialist Nurses. The department has strong links with the UEA’s Norwich Medical School and School of Health Sciences.
Matron Liz Smith leads a team of respiratory nurses who provide both inpatient and outpatient services for patients with a wide range of respiratory conditions.
The respiratory team is supported by a large team of administrative staff.
Within the department are a number of sub-specialties with dedicated staff with a particular interest in specific conditions or therapies.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Lung Cancer
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Sleep Medicine, Domiciliary CPAP
- Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV)
- Interstitial Lung Disease (pulmonary fibrosis)
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Domiciliary Oxygen Therapy
- Pleural Disease
The outpatients department has a lung function laboratory which has trained staff led by Louise Bailey. They are able to provide full tests for diagnosis and ongoing monitoring of respiratory conditions. The department also has access to radiological facilities for X-ray and CT scanning when required and provides bronchoscopy and EBUS sessions for more detailed investigations.
Patients requiring admission to hospital are accommodated on our two respiratory wards, Hethel Ward and Gunthorpe Ward. Hethel Ward is situated on level 3 in the East block and is led by Sister Charlotte Wickham. Gunthorpe Ward is situated on level 1 in the East block and is led by Sister Melanie Griggs. Charlotte Wickham and Melanie Griggs lead a team of respiratory ward nurses who provide 24 hour care to patients acutely unwell with their respiratory condition.
Hethel Ward has a dedicated Acute Respiratory Care (ARC) bay which has 6 beds and experienced nursing staff managing patients with respiratory failure.
For further information about respiratory conditions:
- AsthmaUK – contains the latest independent advice and news on asthma
- British Thoracic Society – clinical information and guidelines
- British Lung Foundation – Information and downloadable leaflets about lung conditions and patients support network (Breathe Easy Groups)
- Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust
- Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Sarcoidosis UK
- Patient.co.uk – information and leaflets for patients; more detailed information on patientplus section for health care professionals.
- Norfolk Stop Smoking Service
- Roy Castle Foundation – Information about lung cancer and treatments
- Macmillan Cancer Support – Information about lung cancer and coping with cancer
- Mesothelioma UK
- Big ‘C’ Centre
- The Sleep Apnoea Trust Association
- Occupational Therapy
- Breathe Easy Norwich (patient support group affiliated to British Lung Foundation)