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Non-invasive Ventilation (NIV) Service

Checked: 19-12-2018 by vicky.ryan Next Review: 19-12-2019

Service Overview

The NIV service provides assessment for and set up of non-invasive ventilation for patients in Bristol, Weston, Bath and the surrounding area. The service provides NIV devices to patients at BRI, RUH, WGH, NBT, etc. as part of the planned discharge of the patient following acute admission of respiratory failure as well as direct non-acute referrals.

On-going management is then provided by a multi-disciplinary team of physiologists and a clinical scientist, physiotherapists, respiratory nurse specialist and respiratory physicians.

The NIV service also undertake Capillary blood gas (CBG) sampling and overnight Transcutaneous Carbon dioxide monitoring as part of the monitoring.

Non-invasive ventilation (BIPAP) - Patient Information leaflet

Contact details:

Home NIV team, Sleep unit, B301, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, BS2 8HW.

Appointment line: 0117 342 21647

Clinical line: 0117 3421636

Email contact:


Referral Guidance

Patients with suspected nocturnal hypoventilation/ type two respiratory failure can be referred for assessment (including overnight oximetry, lung function testing and overnight sleep studies).

Refer to the full NIV Pathway (word doc).

All outpatient referrals to this service should be via letter/ email to Dr Adam Whittle, Respiratory Consultant via