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King’s Lung Function Unit celebrates first anniversary

20 July 2023 - Staff at the Lung Function Unit at King’s College Hospital are marking one year of testing, diagnosing and treating patients in new state-of-the art facilities.

The clinic space, which opened to patients in April 2022, was relocated to the 2nd Floor of Cheyne Wing at King’s College Hospital, providing improved ventilation, a brighter environment and individual rooms for patients and their loved ones.

Tracey Fleming, Respiratory Physiology and Sleep Service Manager, said: “Patients and staff at King’s were involved in helping to develop our new Lung Function Department, and since we opened our doors in April 2022, these brand new facilities have transformed the way we deliver care and treatment.

“The new unit has brand new state-of-the-art equipment, as well as rooms twice the size of our previous clinic space. As with so many NHS services, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a backlog of patients waiting for treatment. Thanks to our new Lung Function Unit, we’ve been able to see many more people much more efficiently, significantly reducing waiting list times.”

Penny Shelley, who regularly visits the Lung Function Unit for treatment, said: “Congratulations to the Lung Function Team, they have made the patient experience a much better and more relaxed one. From when you arrive in the well-lit reception area, to having a private room for tests, it is much improved. The team of course are as friendly and welcoming as always.”