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Respiratory medicine

The Respiratory medicine service treats adults with a full range of respiratory diseases including:

  • asthma
  • COPD
  • bronchiectasis
  • cystic fibrosis
  • sleep apnoea
  • lung cancer

The service is staffed from across many professions and includes consultant doctors and their teams, nurse consultants in both respiratory and cystic fibrosis and their specialist nursing teams, alongside many staff from physiotherapy, respiratory physiology and other allied health professionals.

Also on this site: Paediatric Respiratory Medicine (for Children)

How to access this service

Services are available to people living in Belfast and those requiring more specialist advice and treatment from across Northern Ireland.

Referrals to the respiratory service are primarily made by your GP.

Patients who are under the care of the Belfast Trust will already have the contact details of their link respiratory specialist nurse who they can contact for advice. Specialist referrals to the regional respiratory services are usually made from a hospital consultant in your local area.


Care can be provided in the patient’s home across the Belfast Trust area, at outpatient clinics or as an inpatient on the respiratory wards depending on the nature of the illness.

Inpatient services are provided in:

The nursing staff on these wards have particular expertise in the management of acute and chronic respiratory conditions.

The Regional Respiratory Centre is located in Belfast City Hospital.

Outpatient services are provided on all hospital sites with general respiratory clinics dealing with a wide range of respiratory illnesses. There are a number of specialist clinics including those dealing with:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Lung cancer
  • Cough

Locations where this service is delivered

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