Pleural disease encompasses a range of diseases involving the lung lining. Research in this area has evolved significantly in the UK over the last decade. Sheffield Teaching Hospital is a tertiary pleural centre that is actively involved in national pleural clinical trials hoping to allow patients of Sheffield an opportunity to take part in practice changing trials in disease areas such as cancer related pleural effusions, pleural infection and pleural malignancy such as mesothelioma.
Management of pleural disease is more interventional in comparison to other sub-specialities of respiratory. A dedicated pleural procedure room is based at the Northern General Hospital, where a majority of the pleural procedures are performed. Most patients are managed via an ambulatory rapid access pathway where procedures are performed as day cases. Dedicated pleural clinics conducted by 2 pleural specialists also allow review of patients on an urgent ad hoc basis.
Doctors Duneesha de Fonseka and Leon Lewis lead on the pleural trials in Sheffield.