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Pulmonary Rehabilitation - What is it?

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a supervised  ongoing programme that includes exercise training, health education, and breathing techniques for people who have lung conditions.

It is a programme of education and exercise to increase awareness about your lungs and your disease. You will learn to achieve exercise with less shortness of breath. The classes are offered in a group setting so you get the chance to meet others with your condition. The skills and knowledge learned in the programme will possibly help you to manage your lung disease more effectively

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What happens at Rehab?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a supervised exercise maintenance programme that includes exercise training, health education, and breathing techniques.

How does it help me?

Pulmonary rehabilitation can help by:

  • reducing your breathlessness,

  • increasing the muscle strength in you arms and legs,

  • increasing your stamina and endurance,

  • giving you a better understanding of your condition,

  • increasing your confidence in your own abilities to control your symptoms, such as breathlessness,

  • increasing independence in your everyday life,

  • improving your health related quality of life.   

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How do I get onto a programme and which one suits me?

There are two ways to get onto a PR programme. You will need to speak to your GP surgery who will assess your suitability to join an NHS programme run by the local NHS RESPS team and the surgery will refer you to the NHS programme. The NHS programmes run generally for 6 weeks and you will be required to attend  twice a week for the 6 weeks. Each session is 2 hours and it is important that you complete 12 sessions. Please be aware that there may be a waiting list to join the NHS programme. Once you have completed the NHS Programme will then be eligible to join the BreatheEasy Eastbourne programme.


Alternatively, if you have not undergone the NHS programme, you can speak to your GP surgery and obtain a letter from them as to your suitability to join the BreatheEasy Eastbourne programme. If your doctor considers you  suitable, you will need to  have a Doctor's Referral Form signed by the doctor. Once we have received the form, you will then be able to join our programme immediately. You can obtain a Doctor's Referral Form from us for your GP surgery to sign. Please refer to the 'Contact Us' page for how to get in touch with us.


Our ongoing programmes are held in Eastbourne, Polegate and  Lewes. Please contact us if you wish to be included in either of the programmes. The programmes runs every six weeks throughout the year. 

If you would like to find out more, call us through our Support Line 07949 811599 or contact us via the 'Contact Us' page 

Our partnership

We work in Partnership with University of Brighton Physiotherapy Students

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