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Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Portsmouth City & Hampshire

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation team provides combined exercise and education classes to patients with specific long-term respiratory conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Bronchiectasis, Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILDs) and Asthma (Portsmouth CCG only).

Our classes include muscle strengthening and cardiovascular exercises, to improve the symptoms associated, and education to improve knowledge on managing these conditions. Both these elements aim to improve quality of life.

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Referral criteria

Referral criteria:

  • Confirmed diagnosis of COPD/ Bronchiectasis/ILD, where daily living activities are limited by dyspnoea.
  • Patients experiencing decreasing exercise tolerance
  • On optimum drug therapy
  • Motivated to attend

Exclusion criteria:

  • Breathlessness caused by other morbidity e.g. heart failure/IHD
  • Recovering from a recent MI (3/12)
  • Unstable Blood Pressure or cardiac symptoms
  • Psychiatric, cognitive or locomotor problems which would prevent participation in exercise or group
  • Co-morbidities made worse by exercise

If a patient has previously attended a complete programme but their lung condition has not deteriorated and shows no educational or exercise needs, please consider other community support options – see Additional information section.

To refer patients onto our services, please complete our most up to date referral form and email it across to or post to our office. Please ensure all sections are correctly filled, as this will avoid delay to patient care.

New patient referral form on PIP (GP -Respiratory section) SPA referrals

Full service description

We are based at St Mary’s Community Health Campus in Portsmouth, but we deliver classes at the following locations:

  • Paulsgrove Community Centre, Portsmouth
  • St Swithun’s Church Hall, Portsmouth
  • Waterlooville Community Association
  • Petersfield Community Centre
  • Lee-on-Solent Community Association
  • The Genesis Centre, Locks Heath
  • Basingstoke Sports Centre
  • Alton Community Centre

The classes are held at community sites twice a week - 7 weeks in Portsmouth and 6 weeks in all other areas. We provide strength and endurance exercises to help promote an active lifestyle, as well as self management advice and education.

Referral method

To access our service, you must obtain a referral from your GP, COPD nurse, respiratory consultant, or relevant Health Care Practitioner. We unfortunately do not offer a self-referral option. We aim to see you on a programme from your referral being received within 10 weeks.

Contact Information

Anna Walker

0300 123 3996


Block B, St Mary’s Community Campus, Milton Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6AD

Opening hours

  • Monday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Special Notice
Monday- Friday (excluding Band Holidays) 8.30am-4.30pm.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

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The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.


Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at: 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.