Our support

We provide a variety of services for patients who require complex home ventilation and weaning.

The below list includes an explanation of each service:

Spinal surgery

 We run joint paediatric clinics with the spinal surgeons and provide peri-operative care on the adult and paediatric intensive care units.

Technical Support

The lung function team offers technical support to home ventilation users. Out of hours, the medical high dependency unit (MHDU) at the QMC offers round-the-clock telephone advice, replacement equipment and can admit patients to hospital if needed.


Our adult and paediatric respiratory physiotherapists support patients with coughing, including volume-recruitment bags and cough-assist machines if necessary.

Feeding tubes

Enteral feeding tubes (inserted into the stomach) are provided as needed, with support available in hospital and at home.

Home support

This is provided by a specialist nurse, a family care officer for muscle diseases and a specialist paediatric physiotherapist.

Palliative care

The palliative care teams support the planning and delivery of end-of-life care for patients, both in hospital and at home.