Our consultants in respiratory medicine and our dedicated team of thoracic surgeons offer a comprehensive service to diagnose and treat respiratory disorders.

Our specialist respiratory consultants offer diagnosis and treatment tailored to each individual patient, often working in multi-disciplinary teams with consultants from other specialties such as radiology and pathology.

Screening and diagnosis for respiratory conditions

  • A comprehensive lung function test, including spirometry, reversibility testing and exercise testing.
  • Autofluorescence bronchoscopy: for detecting lung cancer as early as possible.
  • Virtual bronchoscopy: CT scan data is used to construct a dynamic image of the airways, which can visualise even tiny tumours, resulting in a high pick-up rate.
  • Fibre-optic flexible bronchoscopy with or without an endobronchial ultrasound.
  • CT scanning, including spiral CT and high resolution CT scanning.
  • Assessment for sleep apnoea.
  • Endoscopic investigation to diagnose airway stenosis.
  • Radiology: our radiologists offer image-guided lung biopsies.
  • MRI scanning.
  • Functional PET-CT scanning.

We can also carry out bone densitometry to detect osteoporosis in those who require long-term steroids for their lung disease.

Respiratory treatments

The following treatments for respiratory conditions are available at The London Clinic:

  • Laser treatment.
  • Airway stenting.
  • Therapeutic rigid bronchoscopy.
  • Endobronchial radiotherapy.
  • Cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Lung cancer surgery.
  • Minimally invasive chest surgery.

The importance of intensive care support

The London Clinic has a fully staffed intensive care unit that is available to treat patients with serious respiratory disease and respiratory failure.