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A number of transport strikes are due to take place this February. If you or your child has an appointment at one of our hospitals or community centres, please plan ahead and do all you can to attend. If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact your clinical team.

Respiratory referral criteria

Conditions treated

  • children established or considered for long term ventilation
  • sleep-related respiratory failure and apnoea
  • congenital lung abnormalities
  • severe and complex asthma (previous PICU or HDU, 2 or more courses of prednisolone per year)
  • rare lung diseases of infancy
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia on oxygen
  • congenital anomaly of larynx, trachea and bronchus
  • suspected bronchiectasis in children

Procedures performed

  • fibreoptic bronchoscopy
  • pulmonary function testing in children > 3 years (diagnostics for asthma)
  • hypoxic challenge (fit to fly test) in children

Administrative requirements

To book transport or a translator if required and to indicate this in the referral letter.

To ensure that we have all of the patient’s up to date details, including:

  • address
  • contact numbers
  • NHS number
  • ethnic group


Please refer to the General Paediatrics department for the following:

  • patients with cystic fibrosis
  • chronic cough
  • chronic respiratory symptoms, such as:
  • wheeze
  • recurrent chestiness
  • recurrent pneumonia
  • asthma (of a severity less than NRAD/BTS/NICE criteria for referral to a specialist)
  • viral induced wheeze
  • recurrent URTI