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Oxford Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre (OACFC) staff and services

Physiotherapy

Chest physiotherapy is key to the management of cystic fibrosis (CF). Our specialist CF physiotherapists provide support to patients in clinic, on the Day Case Unit and on the ward.

Patients see a physiotherapist at each clinic appointment, and twice-daily while in hospital.

The physiotherapy service can help with:

  • twice-daily review of inpatients with CF to optimise airway clearance
  • outpatient airway clearance support and advice
  • non-invasive ventilation
  • nebulizer devices
  • exercise assessment and advice
  • musculoskeletal problems
  • pelvic floor exercises.

Our current physiotherapy team is:

  • Ali Gates, Lead CF Physiotherapist and independent prescriber
  • Lou Warnock
  • Jayne Faulkner
  • Alice Midwinter
  • Liz King
  • Kerrie Crowley
  • Physiotherapy Assistant

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Dietetics

Maintaining a healthy body weight is a key part of keeping well with CF. We have a team of specialist dietitians who have a great deal of experience, and patients see a dietitian at each clinic visit and at least twice per week while in hospital.

CF dietitians will help with a range of issues.

  • Eating well with CF
  • Gut issues including constipation and DIOS
  • Advice on vitamin supplements
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Adjustment of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy
  • Bone health
  • Weight management
  • Managing CF-related diabetes

Our dietitians are:

  • Jo Snowball, Lead Dietitian

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Pharmacy

Specialist pharmcacy support is provided by Sarah Poole, Lead Respiratory Pharmacist.

Sarah and the Pharmacy Team are involved in the prescription and dispensing of medicines both in clinic and on the ward. A pharmacist will see patients as part of their annual review, and is always available to the team to help with queries regarding medicines.

Home care supply of high-cost medicines

The specialist CF Pharmacy Team co-ordinates the supply of certain high-cost medicines under a home care agreement with BUPA.

Medicines supplied by BUPA include:

  • intravenous Tobramycin
  • most nebulised and dry-powder inhaled antibiotics (e.g. TOBI Podhaler, Colobreathe, nebulised tobramycin/colistin/aztreonam)
  • Ivacaftor

Please make sure someone is at home to take delivery of any home care medicines. We are charged if the company has to make a second delivery!

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Clinical Psychology

Kate Chapman is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in cystic fibrosis. She is an integral member of our multidisciplinary team and is available to provide support to patients in clinic, at annual review and during inpatient admissions.

Kate is able to provide help with the following:

  • stress and anxiety
  • depression and problems with low mood
  • sleep difficulties
  • relationship and family issues
  • anger management
  • confidence and self-esteem.

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Specialist Nurses

Our knowledgeable and experienced team of CF Specialist Nurses provides:

  • an advice line for patient problems and queries
  • cannula and mid-line placement
  • administration of IV antibiotics
  • management of Port-a-cath devices
  • training for patients in home antibiotic therapy
  • co-ordination of annual CF reviews
  • trials of nebulised medicines
  • home visits
  • inpatient support
  • links with the Oxford Paediatric CF team.

Contact us

  • Tel: 01865 225713
  • Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
  • Please leave a message if calling outside office hours, and we will call you back as soon as possible.

Specialist Nurses

  • Lisa Priestley, Lead Nurse and Independent Prescriber
  • Cassandra Green, Independent Prescriber
  • Cathie Male
  • Kelly Webb

Nursing Assistant

  • Gabriela Idusuyi

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Social work

Since 2015 we have had a specialist CF Social Worker working as part of our team.

Laura Medler works part-time with the team, and is able to provide advice and support with a range of issues such as:

  • state benefits, tax credits and grants
  • housing and adaptations
  • support with work, school, college or university
  • travel practicalities
  • support for carers and relatives.

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