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Cystic fibrosis: adult

Published on 24 November 2020

The service provides specialist respiratory care for adult patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Three specialist centres operate across Scotland, in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The centre in Edinburgh also has an outreach service to both Dundee and Inverness.

Mainly, the centres see outpatients to assess, treat and review adult patients. There is provision for day case and inpatient services, if patients require interventions within the three specialist services.

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a common inherited disease in the UK, that's caused by a genetic mutation. The condition will only develop if both parents are carriers of the genetic mutation.

Although the severity of symptoms can vary, in its more severe form the disease causes thickened secretions in the lungs and pancreas. This leads to:

  • deteriorating lung function
  • persistent chest infections
  • liver and bowel problems
  • diabetes

Lead clinician

Aberdeen – Dr Owen Dempsey

Edinburgh – Dr Helen Rodger

Glasgow – Dr Stephen Bicknell

NSD contact

Senior Programme Manager, Lyn Hutchison – – 0131 2756412


Ward 107
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
AB25 2ZN

Ward 54, 1st Floor
Anne Ferguson Building
Western General Hospital
Crewe Road South

Respiratory Wards 7A & 7D
Queen Elizabeth University Hospitals
1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF