Respiratory Nurse Specialists (RNS) improve respiratory patients’ quality of life and their understanding of the condition, by providing education and support in managing symptoms and experiences.
The RNS team at FVRH have advanced training in the respiratory system, specialist qualifications, training and skills, along with an extensive experience of caring for individuals with a variety of lung diseases. The RNS are skilled at assessing, planning and implementing treatments for conditions such as asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis and pulmonary fibrosis.
The nurses at FVRH provide unique value to the healthcare service by facilitating early supported discharge, admission avoidance and remote monitoring of patients with a long term condition. The team also liaise closely with community services to ensure a streamlined service between primary and secondary care.
What services do we provide?
We work within all ward areas including emergency department, acute admission areas and out-patient departments offering specialist care, support and advice for patients and their families throughout their hospital
A 7 day service that enables patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to be discharged from hospital as early as possible, ideally within 48 hours with support from RNS.
We offer a pulmonary rehabilitation programme for people with lung conditions who experience breathlessness in daily life.
Specialist Nurse-led clinics
Outpatient work includes asthma and COPD clinics.
Nebulisers may be used by some patients for the inhalation of certain drugs to help with their respiratory condition.
Identifies patients at high risk of exacerbation (acute attacks), direct access to nurse specialists, offering the ability to identify and treat COPD exacerbations early. Reduces admissions and promotes self management.
Scottish Ambulance service has direct access to respiratory nurses via the National COPD pathway to ensure patients with long-term respiratory conditions receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
An integral component of the service is responsible for assessment and management of patients across the Forth Valley who require home oxygen therapy. This incorporates inpatient and outpatient assessment at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. The team also facilitates home visits for home oxygen where appropriate or recommended.