Jersey lung rehab waiting times tumble

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Image caption Patients in Jersey with lung problems now wait weeks for rehabilitation

Waiting times at Jersey's respiratory rehabilitation clinic have fallen by 75%.

Patients previously had to wait more than a year for an appointment but are now seen in 12 weeks.

The reduction follows the allocation of £89,000 of extra funding by Jersey's health department until the end of 2015.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to help patients suffering from a range of lung conditions.

Physiotherapist Louise Woodland said: "People who attend report a range of benefits including reduced breathlessness, improved emotional wellbeing and better understanding of their condition.

"What's really pleasing is that 80% of people who attend report reduced fatigue."

The programme lasts eight weeks and so far 76 patients have taken part, with 27 on the waiting list.

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