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Rickie Bishop MCSP SRP
Rickie qualified in 1970 from Bath School of Physiotherapy. After hospital work, she moved to work in a special school in Bexhill-on-Sea where her interest in breathing exercises and rehabilitation for asthma started in 1979 with children. [more]

About Fit to Breathe

Fit to Breathe was set up in January 2004 as a private Pulmonary Rehabilitation course to meet the needs of people with chronic breathing problems who were unable to access Pulmonary Rehabilitation through the NHS. Following initial assessment in their own homes, patients attended once a week for six weeks at a hall in the south of Kent in the UK. Those who attended achieved very good results however classes stopped when in 2005, Rickie started Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes in West Kent for the National Health Service (NHS), with a small team including a respiratory physiotherapist, a respiratory nurse and therapy assistants, who helped with the classes.

Patients referred by their doctors or practice nurses attended classes at community venues in Maidstone and the Weald of Kent. This service continued until 2010 when Rickie retired.

April 2010 Update

Rickie has now retired from full time practice in the NHS and hopes to enjoy a long and happy retirement. She will continue to support the work of the British Lung Foundation and Chest Heart Stroke Scotland, both of which do excellent work to help people with chronic breathing problems.

She also aims to promote the setting up of a Breathe Easy group in Maidstone as it is still difficult for people in some parts of Kent to access Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Watch this space...

For further information please contact: rickie@fittobreathe.com

October 2013 Update

Breathe Easy Maidstone & District started in 2011 with support from the British Lung Foundation and a group of dedicated former clients and their friends who formed the committee. The group was proud to have the Mayor of Maidstone to come and do the official launch at Langley Village Hall in September 2012. We had the 1st birthday party last month and have enjoyed regular monthly meetings, a weekly exercise session and some outings. Way to Go!