Respiratory Support - Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke
Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Respiratory Support


NICHS runs a number of respiratory support groups and services across Northern Ireland to help people and their families to meet the challenges of living with chest, heart or stroke conditions.

Living with a long term health condition such as chest, heart or stroke illness, affects you not just physically, but also emotionally and socially. Whilst timely and effective medical intervention is essential, people with long term health conditions also need support and guidance to manage their conditions, and lives, on a daily and ongoing basis.


If you want to read about some of the people who have benefited from our groups, click on the photos below:










NICHS’s Respiratory Support Groups meet regularly to offer support to people living with respiratory conditions their families and carers. They:

  • Allow people to share experiences
  • Provide information on Living with respiratory condition
  • Provide information on healthy life styles
  • Encourage Pro-active Self Management
  • Promote continued rehabilitation
  • Organise social events and outings
  • Provide an opportunity to highlight concerns and advocate on behalf of members.

If you would like to contact your nearest Respiratory Support Group please see the list below or click on the red button to request a call-back:


Belfast Trust

Belfast City Hospital

South Belfast Breathing Better

 2nd Monday of the month 11am Multipurpose Room, Second Floor, Olympia Leisure Centre, Boucher Road, Belfast, BT12 6HR Paul Carson
East Belfast  2nd Wednesday of the month, 11am Connswater Community Centre, Connswater Street, Belfast, BT4 1SX Paul Carson
Girdwood Hub North Belfast 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1pm 1st Floor Meeting Room, Girdwood Community Hub, Girdwood Avenue, BT14 6EG Paul Carson
Royal Victoria Hospital 2nd Friday of the month, 2pm

Training Room 1, Education Centre, Elliott Dynes Building,

Royal Victoria Hospital, Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 6BA

Paul Carson

Northern Trust

Magherafelt  3rd Wednesday of the month, 11.30–1pm Greenvale Leisure Centre, Greenvale Park, Magherafelt, BT45 6DR Lauren Young
0781 334 5214

South–Eastern Trust

Bangor 2nd Wednesday of the month, 2pm – 3.30pm Alderman George Green, 1 Rathgill Parade, Bangor, BT19 7TZ Ursula Digney
Castlewellan  3rd Thursday of the month, 1.30 – 2.30 pm

Castlewellan Parish Centre, 91 Main Street,

Castlewellan, BT31 9DL

Nacola King
0750 004 1227,
 Downpatrick 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11am–1pm

Education Room, The Old Downshire Hospital,

Ardglass Road, Downpatrick

Nacola King
0750 004 1227,
Kircubbin 3rd Thursday of the month, 10.15am–12pm

Kircubbin Community Centre,  4 Church Grove,

Kircubbin, Newtownards, BT22 2SU

Ursula Digney
Lisburn  3rd Thursday of the month, 2–4pm Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Lisburn Paul Carson

Southern Trust

Armagh  First Thursday of the month, 2–4pm St  Vincent  De Paul  Centre,  Armagh, 3-5  Chapel Lane, Armagh, BT61 7EN Ann McAlinden
0771 2877 746
Dungannon  Second Thursday of the month, 11am–1pm Conference Room, 1st Floor, South Tyrone Hospital, Carland Road, Dungannon Ann McAlinden
0771 2877 746
Kilkeel* Wednesdays 11am–1pm Seaview House, Harbour Road, Kilkeel Julie McGinnis
0791 204 6174
Lurgan 3rd Thursday of the month, 2.30–4.30pm Jethro Centre, 6 Flush Place, Lurgan, Craigavon BT66 7DT Ann McAlinden
0771 2877 746

*This is a generic group, which is a combined respiratory, stroke and heart group.

Western Trust

Castlederg 2nd and last Friday of the month, 10:45am – 12:15pm Healthy Living Centre, 5 Parkview Rd, Castlederg BT81 7BN Linzi Davidson
0791 702 8948
Enniskillen  Last Wednesday of the month, 2pm – 3pm St John’s Ambulance, Old Tempo Road, Enniskillen, BT74 4RR Linzi Davidson
0791 702 8948
Omagh  3rd Friday of the month, 1:30-3pm Omagh Youth Centre, Mountjoy Road, Omagh Linzi Davidson
0791 702 8948
Rouskey* 2nd Wednesday of the month, 2pm – 3:30pm Rouskey Community Centre, 103 Crockanboy Road, BT797RS, Omagh Linzi Davidson
0791 702 8948

*This is a generic group, which is a combined respiratory, stroke and heart group.