What to expect and how to access
Treatment of bronchiectasis is best provided by a team of doctors and other healthcare professionals that are experienced in caring for bronchiectasis.
In many countries there are now specialised clinics which are dedicated to people with bronchiectasis. These clinics will all be slightly different but will include:
- A doctor, or team of doctors, with a specialist interest and experience in bronchiectasis
- A physiotherapist, or team of physiotherapists, that can teach chest clearance exercises
- Nurses or other healthcare professionals that can provide education and support
- Services to provide inhaled/nebulised antibiotics, other specialised medications and intravenous antibiotics at home.
- Specialised tests of the immune system or body functions to diagnose the cause of bronchiectasis
Some people with bronchiectasis will regularly attend specialist clinics, while some might be seen in the specialist clinic once, or on a few occasions, and then be transferred back to the care of their regular doctor.
If you think you need to see a specialist, please discuss this with your doctor. There is no directory of bronchiectasis specialists across Europe, but if you have difficulty finding an appropriate specialist please contact European Lung Foundation.