Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) will be trialling a virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic beginning this week
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program supports people with respiratory illness to maintain their current lung function and supports optimal health over the winter period. The trial will enable clients to connect virtually with a team of Respiratory Care nurses. Respiratory Care Coordinator for the Tumut Network Katie Rudder says people with lung conditions are a particularly vulnerable group during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ability to deliver care virtually will provide them with the confidence, knowledge and skills to self-manage their condition, improve their quality of life and prevent hospitalisations.
“These clients have been receiving care in a face to face group or were due to commence a face to face program prior to COVID-19,” explained Ms Rudder. “Because that is no longer possible, we are trialling virtual connection to support clients through their rehabilitation process.”
“We believe the program will also reduce social isolation for the participants.”
Clients can join the trial by either landline, mobile phone, iPad/tablet or a computer to access the PEXIP telehealth platform.
Guest speakers from the Allied Health or Respiratory team will cover topics on how their lungs work, understanding medications, healthy eating, energy conservation, falls prevention, safe swallowing and oral care, mental health and stress management, improving self-management and other support options all relevant to their respiratory conditions.
Respiratory patients or people with lung conditions can enquire about the program by calling the Community Care Intake Service on 1800 654 324.
Media release: MLHD