Who we are
Our respiratory service delivers care to approximately 500 patients and their families with a variety of respiratory conditions including:
Viral induced wheeze
Primary ciliary dyskinesia
We care for children of all ages, from babies to 17-year-olds.
Children and young people remain in the service until they are discharged to the care of their GP or a supported transition is made to the adult respiratory service.
We work closely with other specialist services to provide children and young people with the highest quality care. These include:
- Paediatric cardiology
- Paediatric pharmacy
- Paediatric dietetics
- Paediatric dermatology
- Paediatric allergy specialist
- General paediatric consultants
- GPs, health visitors and school nurses
- Schools and colleges
High quality care
The children and young people’s respiratory service delivers a comprehensive package of care for children, young people and families.
We provide up-to-date specialist skills, knowledge and information about the contemporary management of children with respiratory conditions.
We promote partnership working with families through a friendly and caring approach for both acute and chronic respiratory conditions.
Our aim is to ensure that children and young people have access to high quality, evidence-based respiratory care, promoting and maintaining their optimum health.
What we do
The children and young people’s respiratory service is based at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough which allows us to cover a wide geographical area.
We also hold regular clinics at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton and offer home and school visits.
We are involved in national audit and the development of regional respiratory policies. We provide teaching for schools and primary care facilities.
How to refer
Referrals can be received directly from the children and young people’s inpatient wards at James Cook where an initial acute respiratory illness or an exacerbation of existing respiratory conditions has resulted in an admission.
GP services (primary care) are able to refer directly into the respiratory consultants for assessment and ongoing care of children, young people and their families.
General paediatricians can also refer requesting a specialist respiratory opinion of a child or young person who is already in the hospital (secondary care) system.
Children and Young People’s Respiratory Service
Women and Children’s Centre
James Cook University Hospital
Tel: 01642 854685
Out of hours advice
Patients and their families can contact the children and young people’s respiratory service specialist nurses within working hours: Monday to Friday for telephone advice by ringing 01642 854685. If the call is not urgent, please leave a message and a member of the team will endeavour to return your call on the next working day.
This is not an emergency line – it is essential that if children or young people are acutely unwell families follow guidance given by the respiratory specialist nurses and contact the children and young people’s emergency department 01642 854896, NHS 111 or an ambulance as necessary.