Two specialist respiratory teams from the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised by the British Thoracic Society (BTS).
The RUH’s sleep team and Pulmonary Hypertension care service have both been shortlisted in this year’s BTS awards.
BTS is the largest respiratory membership body in the UK and their aim is to improve standards of care for people who have respiratory diseases and to support and develop those who provide that care.
The RUH’s expert sleep team cares for patients with problems related to Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) – a condition that interrupts your breathing when you are asleep.
The team has been nominated in the ‘Innovation in Respiratory Medicine’ category for improving the experience for patients and ensure faster access for those who require the team’s help.
The Pulmonary Hypertension care service was set up in 2006 to help patients in the South West, who have high blood pressure in the blood vessels that supply the lungs.
The team is shortlisted for ‘Improving Quality and Excellence in Patient Care’. Since the service started it has steadily grown and now provides Pulmonary Hypertension care to an estimate population of 4 million.
Jay Suntharalingam, Consultant Respiratory Physician said: “We are delighted that the Sleep team and Pulmonary Hypertension care service have been nominated for the BTS awards.
“Our staff work extremely hard to give specialist respiratory care and for our efforts to be recognised is wonderful.”
The winners will be announced at the BTS Summer Meeting on Thursday 14th June.