Fatigue and Breathlessness (FAB)

Fab Course Referral Form

Transport form

FAB Course information for patients leaflet

Service description

The FAB programme is organised at Brentry and facilitated by the Hospice Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Day Services staff. Patients attend the programme once a week for 5 weeks and each session lasts for about 2 hours. Carers can attend the last 2 sessions if wanted. The course aims to help patients manage symptoms of fatigue and breathlessness and improve the quality of their life and includes specific fatigue and breathlessness management advice, exercises, relaxation and realistic goal-setting. This course is appropriate for patients with a long term condition who have already attended, or are not fit enough to attend, disease-specific programmes such as pulmonary or cardiac rehabilitation.

Referral Criteria

  • The patient is suffering from fatigue and/or shortness of breath, due to a chronic long term condition or malignancy that is life limiting.
  • Assessed within 3 weeks of course start date as physically able to attend, participate, benefit from and complete a 5 week course.
  • Patient agrees to commit to course participation and to practise techniques at home.

Referral Process

Complete FAB specific referral form including O2 and transport requirements.


  • This service can only accommodate a maximum of 3 concentrators at one time which means some patients will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Patients can attend FAB without a general referral to the Hospice. This means that the patient will not be receiving on-going Hospice services on completion of the course.

Course Dates

2016 dates for 5 week courses, all runing from 10:30-12:30:

  • 31 May - 28 June
  • 12 July - 9 August
  • 23 August - 20 September
  • 4 October - 1 November
  • 15 November - 13 December