Milton Keynes Community Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service supports patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. We work in partnership with the Milton Keynes Long Term Conditions Team. 

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a clinically-proven programme to help improve exercise tolerance and breathlessness. This programme can help people to spend less time in hospital and it reduces the number of times people need to visit their GP.

Our team includes highly-specialised respiratory nurses, including a British Lung Foundation Link Nurse, and a clinical support worker.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To support people to improve their ability to exercise
  • To improve all round strength and stamina
  • To improve ability to carry out daily activities
  • To lessen the feeling and fear of feeling breathless.

Each session includes approximately 45 minutes of gentle exercise. After that, refreshments are provided and an education session is delivered by one of the team.

Topics include:

  • What is COPD?
  • Why is exercise important and how will it help me?
  • Breathing exercises and clearance techniques
  • Coping with lung disease
  • Exercising at home
  • Inhaler and drug management
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Dealing with anxiety and depression
  • Living a healthy lifestyle
  • How to stop smoking

This service is for adults over the age of 18 who are registered with a Milton Keynes GP and who have a diagnosis of COPD.

You will need to be able to commit to a six-week programme with sessions taking place every Tuesday.

We accept referrals from GPs and other healthcare professionals, such as consultants or practice nurses.

Download a referral form (opens word doc)

This service is not suitable for people who require diagnosis or who have cognitive issues, limited mobility due to muscular/skeletal neurological issues or unstable cardiovascular disease.

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An initial assessment is offered on an appointment basis and this takes place on Wednesdays in Room 3 (downstairs) at Stony Stratford Medical Centre, Market Square, Stony Stratford, MK11 1YA.

On assessment, a date to start the programme is given and there is a choice of two locations. Following the initial assessment, sessions take place every Tuesday at one of the below locations and times:

  • York House, London Road, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1JQ at 11.00am to 12:30pm
  • Sycamore Hall, Drayton Road, Bletchley, MK2 3RR 3:30pm to 5pm.

If you need help in a crisis, please do the following

  • Contact the CNWL service looking after you during their office hours
  • If the crisis is during when your service is closed, there are alternative options provided by the NHS found on this page.
  • If you are not already being looked after by CNWL or elsewhere within the NHS, see your GP during normal working hours as they can then refer you to a local service.

Find your closest GP on NHS Choices.