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Pulmonary rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a programme of exercise and education prescribed to people with long-term lung conditions. It has long been recognised that gentle exercise is beneficial to people who struggle with their breathing. 

Services we provide 

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a self-management programme for people with lung conditions who experience breathlessness in their daily life and are motivated to take steps to improve.

Pulmonary rehabilitation empowers you to manage your condition through learning strategies to manage your breathlessness, increasing your strength and endurance  and in turn improving your quality of life.

Our courses deliver a six week programme of exercise and education.  Patients can choose to attend a course in a group setting where each week patients will be expected to attend their chosen venue twice per week. Alternatively patients can a choose to complete a virtual course from your home or complete an individual home exercise programme. 

The exercises used during the classes can be carried out either sitting or standing, depending on your level of ability. They can also be adapted for people who struggle with joint problems. Your exercise programme will be designed specifically to your needs.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is not suitable for people who have:

  • Significant and limiting musculoskeletal conditions (i.e. severe arthritis)
  • Unstable angina
  • Acute LVF
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm 

Our mission statement

"We strive to provide patients with accessible, safe and high-quality pulmonary rehabilitation. Our service thrives off the patients themselves.  Our goal is to enable them to get back in control of their breathing and live more fulfilling lives.  We are a kind and compassionate team who listens to the evidence, listens to each other and listens to our patients. Together we can deliver the best service and make a difference."

Pulmonary rehab team, WSH


Course information

Mildenhall Hub

Tues & Thurs


Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury

Mon & Wed


Newmarket Leisure Centre

Tues & Thurs


Brandon Leisure Centre

Tues & Thurs


Haverhill Leisure Centre

Wed & Fri


Anselm Centre, Bury St Edmunds

Wed & Fri



Patient feedback

“The course helped me a lot to understand how we can help ourselves more”

"I learned a lot and it gave me courage to actually get myself motivated to do more exercise"

"I thoroughly enjoyed the class. You all make the exercises fun and easy to understand”


Benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation:

  • Increased exercise tolerance and functional ability
  • Increased strength and endurance
  • Reduced breathlessness on exertion
  • Becoming less fearful of breathlessness
  • Improved coping and self management strategies
  • Reduced levels of anxiety and depression
  • Improved knowledge and understanding of lung disease
  • Reduced frequency of exacerbations of lung conditions
  • Reduced reliance on GP’s and hospital admissions


Contact details

Suffolk Community Healthcare Care Co-ordination Centre (CCC)

Tel: 0300 123 2425

You can be referred for a pulmonary rehabilitation course by your GP, consultant, Physiotherapist or respiratory nurse. However, if it hasn’t been mentioned to you, then please ask to be referred.


Patient information leaflets 

ACBT (sputum clearance exercise)

Breathlessness and how to manage it

Bubble PEP

Signs and symptoms of a chest infection

COPD and other lung conditions

Importance of exercising with a lung condition

How your lungs work


Lung anatomy

Smoking – how does it affect me?

Window breathing technique


British Lung Foundation pulmonary rehabilitation video:

"Pulmonary rehabilitation classes changed my life" - Heidi's story of living with COPD:


Information for referrers

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Information for Referrers

Referral Form

Patient Information Leaflet


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