Introduction to the Breathe Programme

The Breathe programme is a flexible programme of exercise and education for patients with chronic lung conditions.

The Breathe Programme is a 10 week rehabilitation programme for people with long term lung conditions such as COPD, bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma or breathing problems. The programme includes exercise and education sessions which can help keep you well for longer by teaching you how to manage your condition.

How do I get referred to The Breathe Programme?

There are a number of ways to access the programme. One step is to ask your GP to be referred to the Breathe Programme. You can also ask a health professionals for example your physiotherapist, practice nurse, respiratory nurse or team, consultant or at the chest clinic that you attend.

The Breathe Programme can support you to:

  • improve your fitness
  • increase your knowledge of your condition
  • better manage your condition
  • maintain a healthier lifestyle

As part of the programme you will learn how to:

  • use your inhalers correctly
  • clear you chest and control breathing
  • identify signs of an exacerbation or flare up and develop an action plan

Types of programmes we offer

There are different options available based on your needs and preferences. You can choose from:

  • Group exercise and education
  • Group exercise only
  • Group education only
  • Home exercise
  • Home education
  • One-to-one support session

The one-to-one support session is with a member of the team to assess and discuss your needs to provide an individual plan that suits you.

Types of access available

There are 7 community venues across Liverpool and also a hospital based venue. We are currently offering face to face assessments at Anfield Sports Centre and Bridge Chapel Community Centre.

To find out more about these new options please ask a member of the Breathe Team.

If you’re a health professional, follow us on Twitter: @Breathe_LCHC!

Breathe Programme venues

Find out where you can access Breathe programme activities.

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Benefits of taking part in the Breathe Programme

There are many benefits to taking part in the Breathe Programme, from helping you to feel stronger and fitter to gaining confidence.

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Other links

Breathe Digital

In this section you will find a variety of education videos. These educational videos presented by our Breathe Team Members, will provide you with help and advice along with top tips all designed at helping you manage your respiratory condition.

Patient Stories

Take a look at these videos of patient stories to see what people thought of of the Breathe Programme, how it helped them and why they would recommend it.

Local support

Here you’ll find more support services like the British Lung Foundation, Citizens Advice Liverpool, as well as stopping smoking and alcohol services.

Breathe Programme Facebook page

Go to the Breathe Programme Facebook page for regular updates, exercise videos, top tips and more!

COVID-19 Support

This section will provide you with information that is aimed at helping you recover from your post-COVID illness, with various option available as part of our programme. 

Breathe Programme venues

Find out where you can access Breathe programme activities.

PLEASE NOTE: the sessions are currently suspended, but we are currently offering face to face assessments at Anfield Sports Centre and Bridge Chapel Community Centre.

Anfield Community Sports Centre

Lower Breck Road, Anfield, Liverpool, L6 0AG

GROUP TIMES:

Mondays: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Car parking is available onsite. This venue can be accessed by public transport. Due to the changing nature of bus numbers and timetables, we advise you to check the website www.merseytravel.gov.uk or ring 0151227 5181

Bridge Chapel Centre

The Bridge Chapel Centre, Heath Road, Garston, Liverpool, L19 4XR

GROUP TIMES:

Mondays: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Free car parking is available onsite.
This venue can be accessed by public transport. Due to the changing nature of bus numbers and timetables, we advise you to check the website www.merseytravel.gov.uk or ring 0151227 5181

Ellegreen Community Centre

Ellergreen Community & Early Years Centre, Ellergreen Road, Norris Green, Liverpool, L11 2RY

GROUP TIMES:

Tuesdays: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Free parking is available onsite.

This venue can be accessed by public transport. Due to the changing nature of bus numbers and timetables, we advise you to check the website www.merseytravel.gov.uk or ring 0151227 5181

Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital

Therapies Department, Thomas Drive, Broadgreen, Liverpool, L14 3PE

GROUP TIMES:

Thursdays: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Thursdays: 2.30pm – 4.30pm (subject to demand)

Car parking is available on site, however there a charge to park on the multi storey car park. There are a small amount of disabled spaces outside the main entrance.

This venue can be accessed by public transport. Due to the changing nature of bus numbers and timetables, we advise you to check the website www.merseytravel.gov.uk or ring 0151227 5181

Oakvale Church

Oakvale Church, Edge Lane Drive, Broadgreen, Liverpool, L13 4AD

GROUP TIMES:

Wednesdays: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Free parking is available onsite.
This venue can be accessed by public transport. Due to the changing nature of bus numbers and timetables, we advise you to check the website www.merseytravel.gov.uk or ring 0151227 5181

Ropewalks Health Centre

Ropewalks Health Centre, 28 Argyle Street, Liverpool, L1 5DL

GROUP TIMES:

Thursdays: 11.00am – 1.00pm

This venue can be accessed by public transport. Due to the changing nature of bus numbers and timetables, we advise you to check the website www.merseytravel.gov.uk or ring 0151227 5181

Speke Neighbourhood Health Centre

Speke Neighbourhood Health Centre, 75 South Parade, Speke, Liverpool, L24 2SF

GROUP TIMES:

Fridays: 1.00 – 3.00pm

Car parking is available onsite.

This venue can be accessed by public transport. Due to the changing nature of bus numbers and timetables, we advise you to check the website www.merseytravel.gov.uk or ring 0151227 5181

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Benefits of taking part in the Breathe Programme

There are many benefits to taking part in the Breathe Programme, from helping you to feel stronger and fitter to gaining confidence.

The Breathe programme will usually last 10 weeks and combines physical activity with discussion and advice on lung health. It can help to:

  • Improve muscle strength, so you can use oxygen more effectively.
  • Help you to feel stronger, fitter and able to do more.
  • Improve general fitness to help you cope better with feeling out of breath.
  • Teach you how to exercise safely and effectively in a safe and social environment.
  • Help with anxiety, mood and depression.
  • Teach you how to relax and cope with lung conditions.
  • Help you gain confidence.
  • Meet other people with lung conditions and share experiences.
  • Teach you about your lung condition and support you to better manage your lung condition and symptoms.
  • Learn about the medication used to treat your condition and how to take medication effectively.
  • Find out what support is available for people with lung conditions.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Support and educate you on how to best manage your lung condition and health

Click here to watch some Patient Stories from people who took part in and completed the Breathe Programme.

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