Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

The Royal Free London chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) team is made up of specialist doctors, nurses and physiotherapists, and works closely with local community services in Barnet and Camden to provide seamless care across the spectrum of COPD severity, from early disease through to those needing more advanced treatments such as non-invasive ventilation.

We also have an excellent pulmonary rehabilitation programme at the trust. The Royal Free Hospital hosts the London alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency service, providing multi-professional care to people affected by alpha-1. We have an international reputation for COPD research and an active research programme is embedded within the clinic.

Non-invasive ventilation: helping your breathing problems
Some patients require assistance with breathing either because of breathing problems or because of the nerves and muscles that control breathing. This involves a technique called ‘non-invasive ventilation’ which is a machine to help you breathe. Read more about non-invasive ventilation.