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0151 525 5980

About this service 

Aintree has provided a specialist service for ventilatory failure for a number of years from a specialise whereby a team of skilled clinicians deliver acute and long-term non-invasive ventilation (NIV) set up and optimisation.

The unit includes four weaning beds which are for people failing to wean from ventilation following a critical care admission. 

The Ventilation service treats patients over the age of eighteen with a variety of problems including:

  • Neuromuscular diseases such as Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, Myotonic Dystrophy, Motor Neurone Disease, Charcot Marie - Tooth, Spina Bifida and Post Polio Disorders
  • Restrictive respiratory disorders such as Kyphoscoliosis and Post Tuberculosis Thoracoplasty
  • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • COPD, Bronchiectasis in Type 2 Respiratory Failure
  • Prolonged weaning from critical care due a variety of conditions, including patients requiring long term invasive ventilation.

Services and treatment provided include:

  • Weaning

We are a regional centre that accepts patients who are delayed in their ability to wean from mechanical ventilation. We perform a full assessment to determine their suitability then arrange to transfer to our unit. We provide specialist input in a multidisciplinary environment to progressively reduce the ventilatory support with the aim to liberate from full mechanical ventilation and facilitate discharge home. We provide rehabilitation and have specialist therapy input. 

  • Long Term Ventilation

For patients who require tracheostomy ventilation we provide a comprehensive consultant, physiotherapy and multidisciplinary review to establish their needs and potential. We can provide support, training and discharge planning services to facilitate a discharge home when feasible or to source long term placement in the community. We are able to set up packages of care and the arrangement of equipment and consumables. We can provide support, training and competency frameworks for care agencies.

  • Non Invasive Ventilation

We care for patients temporarily needing NIV to overcome an acute illness. We initiate patients requiring long term NIV and provide on-going care in the community through clinic appointments, outpatient appointments and in patient admission for troubleshooting where needed. We also provide a telephone help line. We have approximately 1,200 patients using long term NIV in the community.


The Ventilation unit is a large, modern, mixed-sex ten bedded facility that includes a relatives room, a rehabilitation room.

The unit also have a private consultation room and office and administration facilities.

The team

The Ventilation Team is a multidisciplinary group of experts which includes specialist doctors, highly trained nursing staff, specialist physiotherapists, clinical psychologist, speech and language therapists, occupational therapist, pharmacy, dietician, matron and a ventilation business manager.

The unit also have close links with critical care and Ear, Nose and Throat specialities and support from respiratory laboratory and sleep service, secretarial support and discharge planning support.

Referral information

Any referrals into the service should be discussed with the Ventilation consultant by contacting Switchboard on 0151 525 5980.

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