Dr Thomas Medveczky and a patient performing a spirometry breathing test

Respiratory medicine

We provide services for most respiratory conditions and are one of the largest departments in south west London. Our specialist outpatient clinics, which are run at both St Helier and Epsom Hospital, include:

  • Asthma (including multidisciplinary assessment)
  • Chronic obstructive airways disease (including multidisciplinary assessment)
  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural diseases
  • Cough clinic
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Oxygen assessment
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Dedicated specialist nurse clinics including aiways clinics
  • Smoking cessation

We also provide a range of diagnostic services and have close links with other specialties such as allergy/immunology, thoracic surgery and oncology as well as national reference centres (Royal Brompton Hospital, St George’s Hospital, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals).

Opening hours

Epsom and St Helier hospitals: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

Contact details

For appointment queries, please contact 020 8296 2968

You can also contact the team at St Helier on 020 8296 2401/ esth.respiratoryPODSTH@nhs.net

You can also contact the team at Epsom on 01372 735 293/ esth.respiratoryPODEGH@nhs.net  

For TB advice and queries please contact the TB team on 020 8296 3254


All clinics are held at the locations below. Please check your appointment letter and make a note of which location your appointment is booked for.

Clinics are by appointment only.

St Helier Hospital

Powell and Springall units, Ground floor, F block (Ferguson House)

Clinics are held daily.

Epsom Hospital

Oaks or Derby suite (outpatient departments) Ground floor,  A block (Headley Wing)

Clinics are held daily.

Office hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Tel: 01372 73 5293


Meet the team


Clinical Lead for the Department of Respiratory Medicine: Dr Shakil Rahman

  • Dr Shakil Rahman, Respiratory Consultant Physician (special interest in ILD and Sub-Dean SGUL) – Clinical Lead for Respiratory

  • Dr Veronica Varney, Respiratory Consultant Physician, (special interest in Allergy)

  • Dr Rebecca Lawrence - Associate Specialist in Respiratory Medicine

  • Dr Thomas Medveczky, Respiratory Consultant Physician, (special interest in Asthma/ COPD and Integrated Care) – Clinical Director for Inpatient Medicine, St Helier Hospital

  • Dr Praveen Molanguri, Respiratory Consultant Physician (special interest in ILD and non-invasive ventilation)

  • Dr Jonathan Ratoff, Respiratory Consultant Physician (special interest Pleural Disease and Lung Cancer) – Clinical Director for Specialist Medicine

  • Dr Claire Wells, Respiratory Consultant Physician (special interest Pleural Disease and Lung Cancer) – Clinical Lead for Lung Cancer

Respiratory Nurse Specialists

  • Helen Parnell, Lead Respiratory Nurse

  • Virginia Quirke

  • Claire Kearon

  • Patricia Lowe

  • Angela Miers

  • Vanessa Mulgrew

  • Catherine Honess

  • Hopi Hatchett-cole

  • Karen Newell

Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists

  • Louise O'Connor - Lead Lung Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Faye Crathern - Macmillan Lung Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Tollene Riley - Lung Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Helen Tighe - Lung Clinical Nurse Specialist (on secondment)

Tuberculosis Nurse Specialists

  • Preseetha Jidesh

  • Helen Tighe (on secondment)

Specialist Registrars, Hospital doctors and Medical students

As a teaching hospital we have doctors who are undergoing their specialist training in Respiratory Medicine or General Medicine, as well as medical students from St George's Medical School, University of London. Sometimes medical students may be present during your appointment. Please tell the doctor or nurse in charge if you do not wish for a student to be present.


Your GP, Practice Nurses or Hospital Consultant can refer you to the service. GPs and other clinicians can read more about referring to our services or can contact the service using the details below.

For our St Helier administration team please contact:

Tel: 020 8296 2401

For our Epsom administration team please contact:

Tel: 01372 735293

Lung (respiratory) cancer referral form (two week rule)[docx] 60KB

Secondary Care Post-COVID Specialist Clinic

Secondary care Post-COVID Specialist MDT/Clinic[docx] 78KB

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