Interstitial Lung Disease

The Sheffield Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Service is a regionally/nationally commissioned service serving the population of Sheffield and South Yorkshire, although we also see patients from further afield. From August 2014 patients will receive care from 3 medical consultants (with planned expansion to 5 consultants), a specialist nurse and a specialist dedicated pharmacist, along with a multi-professional group of dedicated staff including radiologists, thoracic surgeons and pathologists. We provide diagnostics and treatment as well as being active in clinical trials exploring new treatments and pathways of care.

Information for Patients and Contact Details: Our service involves a multi-disciplinary team. The doctors are Professor Steve Renshaw, Dr Chris Barber and Dr Stephen Bianchi. We work closely with our specialist nurse, Dawn Weston. In addition, a team of nurses and lung function specialists help to run our clinics and make sure we test your lungs thoroughly. To find out more information on the service or gain advice and support, you can contact the team on the following numbers:

  • Specialist  Nurse (0114) 2269758 (answerphone with early call back at specific times)
  • Pharmacy team (0114) 2715544 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)
  • Consultant's secretaries:
    • Drs Barber and Bianchi (0114) 271 4279 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)
    • Prof. Renshaw (0114) 271 1828 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)

Clinic Visits and Where to find us: Our clinics take place at the Northern General Hospital, Brearley Wing (see Map on right of this page). You can expect to do breathing tests at, or before, most visits, and you may be asked to fill in a short questionnaire about your symptoms. At a first visit we’re likely to do a couple of extra breathing tests, and maybe a blood test or two. We will do our best to make your visit stress-free, and we try to provide a friendly and high quality service.

The ILD team works closely with the Repsiratory Physiology Department (link) who will perform your breathing tests.

Patient Support: We are currently developing a local patient support group coordinated by Dawn Weston, our specialist nurse. You may be interested to attend. While we don’t encourage people to obtain medical information from the internet, as sometimes this can be inaccurate and worrying, there is information available at the British Lung Foundation website ( We can also provide information leaflets at your clinic attendance about your condition and the treatments you may be receiving.

Information for STH staff: A bespoke referral document (click here) is attached summarising all of the clinical information that is required for a patient’s case to be discussed prior to a clinic appointment being sent. Our process involves a multidisciplinary discussion including radiology, pathology and clinical history, to suggest a possible diagnosis and recommend relevant further pre-clinic testing. We are then able to review your patient with the most appropriate information to offer them best, and rapid, intervention, if required.

For patients currently in hospital who require specialist input please contact the on-call respiratory registrar or contact Dr Bianchi’s secretary on 0114 2714279. Please review the referral documentation as a guide to initial tests prior to referral.


The ILD service is research active. We participate in a number of diverse studies including investigation of new medications and treatments as well as collaborating with local and national colleagues exploring improved pathways of care. We work with a specialist group of research nurses from the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Clinical Research Facility who coordinate and deliver research projects in an experienced and efficient way. We encourage all our eligible patients to become involved in research if they wish, in line with national guidelines, although if you do not wish to be involved this will not alter your clinical care in any way.

Further information about research, support and patient involvement can be found by clicking HERE

Related Staff

Dr Chris Barber
Dr Stephen Bianchi
MBChB, BSc (Hons), PhD, FRCP(Lon), MBA
Consultant Physician in General and Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine
Prof Steve Renshaw

Location & Contact


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Brearley Outpatients Department, NGH
Brearley Wing, A Floor
Northern General Hospital
Sheffield S5 7AU