A-Z of services

Respiratory Medicine

The Queen Elizabeth Respiratory team provides services for people with a wide range of lung problems.

We have an outstanding team of nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and respiratory specialist Occupation Therapist.  Our lung function laboratory provides comprehensive measurements of lung capacity and function.  We work closely with our radiology, oncology and palliative care colleagues to provide a holistic and seamless service.

Our Respiratory ward at Queen Elizabeth hospital is Ward 9.  The ward team is led by Sister Jane Rams, and is consistently among the best wards in our hospital for patient feedback and quality of care. 

The QE Respiratory team are active in teaching and training of medical students and junior doctors.  We take part in a number of research projects, and we aim to ensure that our patients are given the opportunity to take part in clinical trials wherever possible in order to improve the understanding and treatment of diseases of the lungs.

Chest Medicine - COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease):

All our team are experts in COPD.  We provide assessment and advice in outpatient clinics and look after patients admitted to hospital with COPD.  We have a team of nurses who provide a non-invasive ventilation service for patients admitted with COPD and respiratory failure.   Our team of respiratory specialist nurses provide support and care for patients in hospital and support people at home after discharge.  We provide advice and guidance for our GP colleagues and work closely with the stop-smoking services to help people free themselves from their addiction to tobacco.  Useful link: British Lung Foundation - COPD



We provide expert assessment, diagnosis and management guidance for patients with asthma.  Our service includes state-of-the-art therapy with new treatments for allergic asthma such as Xolair..   Useful link: British Lung Foundation - Asthma


Lung Cancer:

We run a fast-track service for patients referred with suspected lung cancer; all patients are seen within 14 days.  Our lung cancer specialist nurses provide support and counselling, and coordinate the team of consultants and junior doctors to provide best possible care for patients facing a diagnosis of lung cancer.  All patients receive the benefit of full discussion of their case by the Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary team of chest physicians, radiologist, pathologist and oncologist to ensure that we make accurate diagnoses and provide the best available care for this difficult disease.  We work closely with our surgical colleagues in Newcastle to ensure that patients with operable lung cancer are treated rapidly.  Our excellent Lung Cancer service is lead by Dr Killen.  Useful link: Macmillan Lung Cancer Support


Asbestos related problems:

The North East has an industrial heritage that includes ship-building and other industries that used asbestos.  Many people in Gateshead have been exposed to asbestos and may develop a range of lung conditions caused by asbestos.  The most common abnormalities are pleural plaques. These are marks visible on a chest Xray.  Pleural plaques are not serious and do not cause symptoms.  We provide advice and guidance for people with all asbestos related conditions.  Useful links:
Pleural Plaques
Mesothelioma Support - Mick Knighton
Mesothelioma information


Lung Fibrosis:

Dr Allcock is the clinical lead for lung fibrosis.  Our lung fibrosis clinic was the first of its kind in the North East.  The clinic seeks to ensure that all patients with lung fibrosis are fully assessed to achieve a clear diagnosis.  A specialist respiratory occupational therapist contributes to the clinic and provides outreach support to patients at home.  We seek to ensure that all patients are given opportunities to take part in research trials of new treatments for this difficult group of lung conditions.Useful link: Lung fibrosis information


Cough (persistent): 

Persistent cough is a common problem for which there is often no satisfactory treatment.  Most coughs last only a few weeks.  Sometimes a cough lasts for several months but eventually gets better.  Rarely cough is due to an underlying lung disease.  Some medications can cause a persistent cough.  Cough is often due to undiagnosed asthma. Your GP will have arranged a chest Xray, reviewed your medication, and probably tried several weeks of treatment for asthma before referring you to the chest clinic.


Unexplained Breathlessness: 

A frequent reason for referral to our clinics is unexplained breathlessness.  We offer a comprehensive assessment of this problem to identify the cause and offer appropriate advice and treatment.



Tuberculosis is becoming more common again in the UK.  We offer a comprehensive TB service including an expert TB nurse. 

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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