When you breathe, your lungs take in oxygen from the air and deliver it to the bloodstream. The cells in your body need oxygen to work and grow. During a normal day, you breathe nearly 25,000 times. People with lung disease have difficulty breathing. Throughout the world millions of people are affected by lung disease.

The term “lung disease” refers to many acute and chronic disorders affecting the lungs.  These include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, infections (influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis), Bronchiolitis, Smoking related lung disease, vaping induced lung disease, lung cancer, and breathing problems such as sleep apnoea (a condition where the body forgets to breathe whilst you are asleep which results in tiredness and lethargy).

Respiratory medicine is the area of health care that specifically deals with disorders of the lungs. At the Specialist Medical Clinic, one of our physicians Dr Waqar Haider has a special interest in respiratory medicine.  Within the clinic he provides a dedicated respiratory healthcare service, including sleep studies for people with possible sleep apnoea.

If you are concerned about your lungs or think you may have a breathing disorders, contact the clinic for an appointment.

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Your Specialists

Dr Isabella Bassill MA(Oxon) MBChB FRCP (Acute)

General Internal Physician

Areas of expertise

Consultant in Acute and General Internal Medicine. Interests in complex patients, breathlessness, fainting, chest pains, fatigue, long Covid.

Education and professional training

University Of Birmingham. University of Oxford.

Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

Completed consultant specialist training in 2015 in Acute and General Internal Medicine. Member of the Royal College of Physicians (London), Society for Acute Medicine and the European Respiratory Society.

Professional experience

After completing my medical degree, I continued with various medical training in West and East Midlands before taking a Consultant Physician post at the Royal Derby Hospital in 2015. In 2020 I moved to Gibraltar and worked as a General Physician at St. Bernard's Hospital for 18 months before joining Specialist Medical Clinic.

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Before studying Medicine I completed a Masters degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. Reading is my main leisure activity.