Winchester Chest Clinic
Yale New Haven Hospital's Winchester Chest Clinic provides evaluation and treatment services to patients with tuberculosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary vascular processes, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis and undiagnosed or general respiratory problems.
Pulmonologists work closely with specialists in allergy and immunology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, chest radiologists, thoracic surgeons, diagnostic radiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and pulmonary pathologists to diagnose and treat patients.
The clinic's programs and services include:
Adult Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Program. CF was previously considered a childhood disease, but with improvements in treatment, the average survival of CF patients is now 32 years and rising. Because pulmonary disease remains the primary cause of chronic illness and death for these patients, this program works to transition pediatric CF patients to adult inpatient and outpatient care. Our center is accredited by the CF Foundation in Connecticut. We offer comprehensive care for the problems affecting CF patients, including pulmonary disease, sinus disease, pancreatic insufficiency and malabsorption, malnutrition, CF-related liver disease, CF-related diabetes and osteoporosis.
- Yale Center for Asthma and Airways Disease (YCAAD) treats patients who suffer from asthma and airway disease, especially those with difficult-to-control asthma or chronic cough, those who are difficult to diagnose, and those who have additional d illnesses, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sinusitis, vocal cord dysfunction and atopy. The center also treats a broad base of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ranging from those with mild symptoms to those in need of rehabilitation or assisted ventilation, or those being considered for lung-volume- reduction surgery or lung transplantation.
The Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Center diagnoses and treats lung disorders that can cause inflammation or scarring in the lungs, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis, asbestosis, silicosis, non-specific interstitial pneumonia and bronchiolitis. Patients with ILD are assessed for causes, such as occupational and environmental exposures, autoimmune diseases, drug exposures and hereditary diseases. Treatment may include immunosuppressive or antifibrotic therapy. Some patients with severe disease may be eligible for clinical trials of new therapeutic approaches and medications.
The Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Center works closely with our cardiology, rheumatology, hematology and the liver transplant programs, as well as the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program and the Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Program.
The Recovery Program at the Winchester Chest Clinic
Medical experts are seeing many COVID-19 patients who continue to experience respiratory and other symptoms well after their general recovery from the disease. The Recovery Program at the Winchester Chest Clinic is open to all post-COVID-19 patients who have persistent respiratory symptoms.
The program centers on:
- Those who required hospitalization for treatment of COVID-19, including but not restricted to those admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
- Those who didn’t require hospitalization but have continued to experience respiratory symptoms for more than six weeks after the original infection.
- Those with pre-existing, underlying lung disease who had COVID-19 of any severity.
Patients who fit those criteria or have ongoing shortness of breath, cough, chest discomfort and exercise intolerance should consult their primary care physician for a referral.
Tuberculosis Center. Our outpatient Tuberculosis Center is the regional referral center for tuberculosis but many patients come to Winchester Chest Clinic with work-related pulmonary disease and sleep disorders. Often, patients come to the clinic without a diagnosis, but with symptoms such as persistent or nagging cough, shortness of breath at rest or with exertion.
Many patients also come to Winchester Chest Clinic with work-related pulmonary disease and sleep disorders. Often, patients come to the Clinic without a diagnosis, but with symptoms such as persistent or nagging cough, shortness of breath at rest or with exertion. We evaluate difficult or unusual problems by drawing upon the expertise of clinical specialists in other disciplines as well as on the extensive library at Yale School of Medicine.
Winchester Chest Clinic appointments are made by physician referral. The physician should refer their patient for evaluation by a pulmonary specialist. Referrals for tuberculosis may be made by physician, health department, or patient self-referral.
For more information about Winchester Chest Clinic, please call 203-785-4198.