Treatment at Home

Around 250 patients from Hull and East Yorkshire are able to receive hospital-style treatment at home. Patients with respiratory problems can benefit from this project, meaning they don’t have to make the tough trip to hospital as frequently.

This project will benefit patients of a number of conditions, such as COPD, motor neurone disease, and muscular dystrophy.


Due to the non-invasive nature of the new ventilators they offer a much easier way of treating patients.

Non-invasive ventilation
One of the new machines used to treat patients in the comfort of their own home.

Diane Murray, home ventilation service lead, said:

Non-invasive ventilation can keep patients out of hospital, improve their quality of life and extend the length of their life.

Using ventilators at home can prevent them going into acute respiratory failure where they have to come into hospital, can prevent chest infections and reduce and relieve symptoms.

For some patients with chronic conditions, without ventilation, they might not be here.

David’s Story

David Whiting, 64, is one of the patients now benefitting from the project. David suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the past he has been admitted regularly to Ward Five at Hull Royal Infirmary. Now, due to the effectiveness of the project, he has not needed to be admitted in three months. Despite a rise in respiratory illnesses this winter he has been able to avoid admission because of the non-intrusive ventilator he has at his home.

David, who lives with his wife Susan in East Yorkshire, said:

The cold weather, that’s when it gets me and I’m frightened even to go outside. I always get something like pneumonia or a bad chest infection and then I have to go into hospital.

But I haven’t been in hospital since November so it looks to me like this unit is working.

They look after me very well on the ward and are so good to me so I can’t fault them. They’re absolutely brilliant. But no one wants to be in hospital if they can avoid it.

Assessment of Patients

When a patient is referred to the respiratory service by GPs they are now assessed for suitability to the new system. When rushed into hospital with respiratory issues patients will be assessed after receiving the urgent treatment they need at the time.

After the initial assessment at the hospital the patient will be visited by Diane Murray and her specialist team. During the visit the suitability of the equipment will be assessed, and if approved they will be given the equipment and taught how to use it. This means treatment can be administered by the patient themselves as and when it’s needed.

Anne Littlefield Dianne Murray Home Ventilation System
Anne Littlefield and Dianne Murray pictured with one of the home ventilation systems.

Mr Whiting’s Story

Mr Whiting was given the home ventilation system to use for six hours a day. It is hoped that the use of this machine will help prevent him from developing a chest infection, meaning he will not have to be admitted to hospital.

He said:

It’s early days but we feel that this is something definitely worth trying.

I get to stay at home and that’s the main thing because I’ve been so poorly the past two years. We’re really hoping this year will be different.

“Improves Quality of Live”

Anne Littlefield, sister on Ward Five at Hull Royal Infirmary, said:

We work closely with the home ventilation team to find patients who could be referred to the consultant to see if they could benefit from home ventilation.

This improves quality of life and can prevent people having to be admitted to hospital, meaning they can be treated in their own homes.

News At A Glance

Patients with respiratory problems may be able to receive hospital-style treatment at home.

The treatment is by a new machine that helps prevent problems such as chest infections from developing.

Home treatment also means reduced admissions to hospital, which in turn means reduced waiting times for patients.