Fatigue and Breathlessness Groups (FAB)

The FAB group is a short three-week course aimed at supporting and encouraging patients with advanced respiratory disease. Each group consists of 6-8 people with respiratory disease, their spouse, friend or family member often attends as well. It is useful for the carers to get together for sharing and support. 

The group meets for one afternoon per week, for three consecutive weeks. We talk about different ways of managing severe breathlessness, discuss ways to minimise acute distressing breathlessness and methods to conserve energy throughout the day. We encourage patients to think of how they can maximise life despite their breathing difficulties.

The group is centred around group members how other people manage their own breathlessness. Healthcare professionals give up to date information about walking aids and oxygen and we provide advice on going on holiday.

Who can access the service?

  • Patients with chronic respiratory disease causing breathlessness
  • Patients with very limited exercise ability (difficulty showering or getting dressed)
  • Patients unable to attend Pulmonary Rehab i.e. unable to walk 10m in 20 sec