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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

St. Michael’s Hospital pulmonary rehabilitation programme uses a holistic approach to treat individuals with chronic obstructive airway disease by focusing on improving the physical, mental, emotional, social and vocational components of their life. Our motto is:

‘Learn to live better with your lungs’ 

We have a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals including a: respiratory physician, pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator, respiratory nurse, dietician, pharmacist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist and social worker.

Phases of pulmonary rehabilitation

Phase 1- Inpatient rehabilitation

A pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator works in conjunction with other healthcare professionals to deliver effective service in this phase. A patient will be admitted to the hospital for three days for assessment of their dyspnoea, endurance, quality of life, O2 saturation, ABG’s, PFT’s, X-ray etc. During their admission, they will gain a good knowledge about pulmonary rehabilitation in relation to their specific condition.

Phase 2- Outpatient rehabilitation 

This is a seen weeks programme following their discharge. During this period the pulmonary rehab coordinator will assess participant’s dyspnoea, endurance and quality of life. Each individual will have a unique plan of care. Based on their assessment each will receive the following services:

  • Breathing retraining and bronchial hygiene techniques.
  • Respiratory muscle training.
  • Supervised upper extremity and lower extremity exercise training.
  • Relaxation class.
  • Education-about the pathophysiology of the condition, medication, nutrition and diet, inhalers, nebulizers, use of oxygen, energy conservation, smoking cessation, techniques to manage stress and panic attacks, breathing and exercise techniques etc

Your pulmonary rehabilitation programme coordinator will discuss your class times during your assessment.

During this phase, a patient’s family is strongly recommended to attend one or two classes to ensure ongoing support and motivation for the patient and family.

Phase 3 – Maintenance phase

Following the eight week programme, the pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator will review the patients at intervals of 2, 4, 6, 12 months respectively. A home exercise programme will be also given to maintain benefits gained after phase 2.

Useful contact information

  • Heads of Department/Medical Director/Consultant Respiratory Physician – Prof. Tim McDonnell
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Co-Ordinator/ Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist – Kate O’Sullivan
    • tel: (01) 663 9832
    • email: K.O’

Referral information

Initially, the patients should be referred to the respiratory physician for thorough examination which will be subsequently referred to the pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator.

Download Referral Form


tel: (01) 663 9832


Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit
Second Floor
St. Michael’s Hospital
Follow the stairs past the Day Ward. The Pulmonary Laboratory is on the first floor annexe, beside the conservatory

Opening Hours

Mon to Fri: 09.15 – 16.15