We are now hoping to make pulmonary rehab more accessible across the Highlands, possibly by providing a continuous rolling programme of online pulmonary rehabilitation classes, using the Near Me video consultancy technology. If you have been referred for face-to-face classes you will be able to join the online classes while you are waiting, or instead of attending face-to-face. In addition, if places are available, anybody with a respiratory condition which is beginning to impact on their day to day life and who feels they might benefit, will be able to self-refer for these online classes.
Online classes will provide all the same education and exercise opportunities provided by face-to-face classes, and even some time for support and chat among participants. Before joining the online classes you will have a one-to-one session with a respiratory physiotherapist (either face-to-face or online) and we ask that you purchase a pulse oximeter so that you can check your blood oxygen saturation before and during exercise.
Once classes are up and running, it will be possible for you to request a place on the online pulmonary rehabilitation classes by clicking on a link on this page. So, watch this space.
If you are unsure about using Near Me, please contact AbilityNet for technical support on: 0800 048 7642 during office hours, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org