NHS Choices

COPD is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. Find out more about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment at the NHS Choices website.

NHS Choices

National Strategy for COPD (including asthma)

The aim of this strategy is to ensure that everyone diagnosed with COPD receives equitable, responsive, high-quality and effective health and social care. Find out more at the NHS Choices website.

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Newcastle Hospitals Community Health

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder - Newcastle Community CHEST Team

The Newcastle Community CHEST Team provides three major services to patients: early supported discharge for COPD patients; home oxygen assessment and review; and the COPD Exacerbation Management at Home Service.

Early supported discharge for COPD patients

All patients admitted to hospital with a respiratory-related conditions are reviewed daily by members of the CHEST Team on the RVI's Assessment Suite and surrounding wards and departments. We work to identify admissions related to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and to speed-up the discharge of patients from hospital.

Patients receive daily visits at home to monitor their recovery, and receive education and advice to help them manage their condition. We also offer educational visits for patients who are discharged outside of the supported discharge period.

The CHEST team provides a home-oxygen assessment and review service. We also provide specialist care, advice and information to patients, relatives and carers, who are affected by COPD or use oxygen at home.

Home oxygen assessment and review

All home oxygen patients registered with a Newcastle GP are reviewed annually to assess their on-going oxygen requirements. Patients' equipment is also assessed for its suitability, and safety checks are carried out.

All new home oxygen patients are reviewed six weeks after the installation of oxygen to assess their on-going needs. We also carry out hospital-based ambulatory oxygen assessments for patients who may need additional oxygen equipment. We also assess patients in hospital and the community before they receive oxygen at home.

COPD Exacerbation Management at Home Service

The main aim of this service is to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions. We do this by assessing and supporting patients suffering from an 'acute exacerbation' of COPD at home. The assessment focuses on whether the patient is safe to remain at home, and we can agree an action plan to enable this to happen.

Patients who have COPD and are suffering an acute exacerbation that might lead to a hospital admission will be considered. Referrals will be accepted Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.30pm, and at weekends and Bank Holidays 9.00am to 5.00pm, from:

  • GPs
  • Practice Nurses, District Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Community Matrons
  • NHS 111
  • Patients who are already known to the service

Patients will receive daily visits or telephone consultations until they show signs of recovery. They receive a self-management plan and education about their condition. They are given direct telephone numbers for the team and encouraged to contact us if they become unwell.

Contact us


Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.30pm, telephone or fax referrals can be made to:

Community CHEST Service
2nd Floor
Laing O’Rourke Building
Leazes Wing
  • Tel: 0191 282 5642 (voicemail)
  • Fax: 0191 282 5667           

Weekends and Bank Holidays 9.00am - 5.00pm, telephone referrals can be made to:

Community Nursing Weekend Base
Centre for Ageing and Vitality  
  • Tel: 0191 282 3869

Patients will be seen the same day if the referral is made before 4.00pm. If the referral is made after 4.00pm the patient will assessed at home the following day.

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