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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 

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

Our courses deliver a six week programme of exercise and education.  Each week patients will be expected to complete the sets of exercise twice. Patients can choose to attend a course in a group setting, across the internet in a virtual setting from your home or by completing a set of exercises at home by yourself. 

Courses are available in Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Sudbury, Newmarket and the surrounding areas.

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.


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