Winter Respiratory Hub Closure

Bromley GP Alliance’s Winter Respiratory Hub had its final day of operation on Wednesday 30th June, which has been in operation since December 2020. The Respiratory Hub, which operated daily at Beckenham Clinic and accommodated same-day booking, was set up to provide additional GP services to registered patients within Bromley who had ongoing respiratory conditions.
This included patients with:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Lung fibrosis
  • Lung cancer

The Respiratory Hub aimed, and exceeded expectations, to increase the capacity of care services for patients who had ongoing or underlying respiratory conditions and were in urgent need of face-to-face consultations due to their condition. Initially scheduled to close in April, the Respiratory Hub’s services were extended until June 2021 to continue to provide care to Bromley patients.

The Respiratory Hub also utilised new digital technology by operating using an Arc Health remote monitoring kit. The Arc kit ensured that both, GP and patient, were kept safe as they were able to complete their consultations from separate rooms. The technology enabled GPs to examine patients more accurately than previous digital efforts, as the equipment comprised of a thermometer, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, Medicam, stethoscope alongside a webcam and microphone for patients and the doctor to see and talk to each other.

We’d like to say a big thank you to the small group of dedicated GPs who have worked in the Respiratory Hub over the last seven months and our fantastic Respiratory Hub support team for all their hard work.

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