The Lane Fox REMEO® Respiratory Centre is the UK’s first purpose-built weaning and home ventilation centre, allowing patients in the area to have specialist treatment much closer to home in a relaxing and purpose built environment. The site at East Surrey Hospital opened in 2014 and is managed by Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
With extended visiting hours and homely environment, the centre improves outcomes in complex respiratory patients. In addition to providing specialist care, the centre is also a major training resource, and helps carers to learn how to look after people who continue to need to receive mechanical ventilation at home.
A large population (over 1,200) is supported in the use of non-invasive ventilation at home and an increasing number of tracheostomy ventilated patients.
The centre also provides inpatient care for those failing to ‘wean’ from invasive ventilation following critical illness, and investigates chronic respiratory failure resulting from a variety of causes such as:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- neuromuscular disease (for example, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and motor neuron disease)
- chest wall disease (for example, scoliosis)
- chronic respiratory failure related to obesity
We are unique in the UK as we provide a 24-hour medical, nursing and technical back up service for assisting patients who are experiencing difficulty with their ventilatory equipment, especially in the home environment.
The centre provides a comprehensive service for those suffering from the late consequences of poliomyelitis, including a post-polio rehabilitation service.
Partnership with REMEO
The Unit has joined with REMEO Ltd, a subsidiary of BOC, to develop the 20-bedded weaning unit on the East Surrey Hospital site. This novel public-private partnership will allow clinical care to be delivered to more patients with chronic respiratory failure under the care of our consultant team.
Research underpins our activities and informs our patient, carer and staff educational programmes.
Our research is focused on improving quality of life in patients with chronic respiratory disease and is focused on two areas:
- advanced physiological monitoring and ventilatory strategies in sleep and chronic respiratory failure
- muscle wasting, weakness and rehabilitation.
We have a PhD research programme with support provided by our clinical trials co-ordinator.
Outpatient clinic: 0207 188 3431
Inpatient ward: 0207 188 6556
To get to the Lane Fox REMEO® Respiratory Centre, use the Canada Drive entrance just off Three Arch Road. Alternatively, you can follow the road from the Main Entrance round past the East Entrance, towards the back of the hospital, and the centre will be just ahead on your left.
Limited parking is available at the Lane Fox REMEO® Respiratory Centre for patients and visitors. Please speak with Lane Fox reception to request a parking permit.