South Tipperary General Hospital honoured for its Pulmonary Rehabilitation service

South Tipperary General Hospital honoured for its Pulmonary Rehabilitation service

Great success for the Pulmonary Rehabilitation team at South Tipperary General Hospital.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation team at South Tipperary General Hospital has recently recorded great success at national healthcare award ceremonies for its innovative and quality programme.

The team is co-ordinated by Ms Angela Radley O’Donovan, Senior Physiotherapist at the Clonmel hospital.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation project was shortlisted in three categories at the recent 2018 Irish Healthcare awards: Rehabilitation Clinic of the Year, General Healthcare Centre of the Year and Patient Education and Lifestyle Project. 

The team also reached the finals for the 2017 HSE Excellence Awards, which recognises projects and services that have made a real and lasting impression on health and social services.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation was launched in South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH)  in October 2001. At the time, STGH was the first hospital outside of Dublin to launch this patient programme.

The multi-disciplinary outpatient programme consists of groups of 12 clients of mixed gender who attend twice weekly over an eight-week time scale. The team members include a physiotherapist, respiratory nurse specialist, speech and language therapist, dietician, pharmacist and a patient who has already completed the programme.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive intervention for patients with chronic respiratory diseases. It is aimed at patients who suffer from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and who have shortness of breath limiting their daily quality of life and repeated chest infections.

Over 500 patients have completed Pulmonary Rehabilitation since it was established and continue to benefit from self-management and support. The main aims of Pulmonary Rehabilitation are as follows:

• Improvement in functional exercise capacity

• Reduction in breathlessness

• To improve peripheral muscle strength and endurance

• Improvement in health related quality of life

• Improved  knowledge of lung condition and self-management

• Promotion of  long term commitment to exercise

• Reduction in the need for patients to be treated in hospital.

Angela Radley O’Donovan, Senior Physiotherapist and co-ordinator of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation team said: “I would like to thank the Pulmonary Rehabilitation team here at STGH for their continued work and commitment to this programme. It is great to receive national recognition for our work and we will strive to continue and enhance the programme for our patients. I would also like to thank the management at South Tipperary General Hospital, since the programme was establishment in 2001 they have worked to ensure that the Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme can continue to improve and serve more patients.”

Gerry O’Dwyer, CEO, South South West Hospital Group said: “On behalf of the South South West Hospital Group, I would like to congratulate the South Tipperary General Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation team on their recent awards success. This is an endorsement for the great work carried out by the team and support from the hospital’s senior management.”