Respiratory Physiotherapy

X-Ray of Respiratory Condition

Respiratory physiotherapy is an integral part of the management of many respiratory conditions.

It can help you treat specific complaints such as ways to clear sputum or phlegm more easily or how to manage shortness of breath.

Our physiotherapists  adopt a holistic approach to assessing and treating you and aim to give you the confidence to understand and self manage your condition, prevent complications and improve your quality of life.

Who do we see?

These are some of the conditions that would benefit from respiratory physiotherapy:

  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Asthma
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dysfunctional Breathing/Hyperventilation Syndrome
  • Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Deconditioning / symptom management after hospitalisation for lung surgery or intensive care admissions.
  • Chest infection/Pneumonia

What do we do?

We carry out a comprehensive assessment and treatment based on your symptoms.  This may include specific breathing techniques or exercises, an individualised general exercise programme, breathlessness and energy conservation management.

We also offer a pulmonary rehabilitation programme which has been shown to improve breathlessness and quality of life for people limited by their lung condition.

Meet the team

The outpatient respiratory service  is managed by Keena Shavji and is available at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.   Corrine Ward also runs the respiratory service at The Royal Hospital Chelsea on a Tuesday morning between 10am and 1pm.

If indicated we offer home visits within a 20 minute radius of The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth.

Swati Bhagat, our paediatric physiotherapist, is able to see babies through to adolescents with respiratory complaints.

For more information, please contact Keena on 020 7806 4010 or email

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