Professor Howard Branley

Professor Howard Branley

MBChB, MSc, MD, FCCP, FRCP, FRAeS

Respiratory Medicine

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11 specialists

27 years of experience
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

Overall
4.96
Bedside Manner
4.96
Explanation
4.98

Top feedback

“Prof Branley saw me virtually yesterday for a first consultation. Excellent experience from start (booking the appointment) to finish (initial diagnosis and pro-active follow-up).“
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 3678307
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £350

    Follow-up appointment: £280

    Practices worked at

    Chiswick Medical Centre

    Bond House, 347-353 Chiswick High Road, London, United Kingdom, W4 4HS
    73 reviews

    BMI Syon Clinic

    941 Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex, United Kingdom, TW8 9DU
    0 reviews

    Bupa Health - Basinghall

    BUPA Health & Wellbeing Ltd, London, United Kingdom, EC2V 5BQ
    8 reviews

    About

    Professor Branley is a lung specialist and is on the Specialist Register with the General Medical Council (GMC) as a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine providing specialist diagnosis and treatment for respiratory, chest and sleep disorders. Professor Branley has specialised in respiratory medicine for over 20 years, with more than 10 years experience as an NHS Consultant. Professor Branley typically sees patients with cough, wheeze, breathlessness and snoring. Professor Branley has expertise in a wide variety of lung diseases particularly asthma, sarcoidosis, sleep apnoea, tuberculosis (TB), pneumonia, lung cancer and pleural disease e.g. pneumothorax and pleural effusion. Professor Branley is particularly interested in seeing patients with unexplained breathlessness or cough and will work with you in a methodical manner to establish a diagnosis and formulate a personalised management plan.


    Professor Branley trained in Respiratory Medicine in London teaching hospitals including The Royal Brompton, The Hammersmith, St Mary's and Charing Cross Hospitals. Professor Branley has also trained in aviation medicine at the Royal Air Force School of Aviation Medicine and he is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


    Professor Branley has a keen interest in medical education and he is a Visiting Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of West London. He has been an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London, Imperial College London and the University of Buckingham. Professor Branley is an Honorary NHS Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Branley was revalidated by the GMC on 7th October 2015 with his next revalidation due in October 2020. Professor Branley's most recent annual Consultant Appraisal was on 30th September 2019.


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    Medical procedures

    • Bronchoscopy
    • Blood tests
    • Sputum tests
    • Chest x-ray
    • CT scan
    • Lung function tests
    • Fitness to fly testing
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    Special interests

    • Cough
    • Breathlessness
    • Wheeze
    • Chest tightness/discomfort
    • Asthma
    • Lung infection or chest infection
    • Pneumonia
    • Obstructive sleep apnoea
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Pneumothorax
    • Lung cancer
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Pulmonary embolism
    • Tuberculosis
    • Aviation medicine
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    Education

    • Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, MBChB University of Liverpool 1992
    • Membership of Royal College of Physicians, MRCP(UK) Royal College of Physicians 1996
    • Certificate in General Aviation Medicine Royal Air Force & Civil Aviation Authority 1997
    • Master of Science in Respiratory Medicine (Distinction), MSc Imperial College London 2001
    • Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, FCCP American College of Chest Physicians 2007
    • Expert Witness Certificate Cardiff University Law School & Bond Solon Legal Training Consultancy 2009
    • Doctor of Medicine – Respiratory Medicine, MD Imperial College London 2009
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, FRCP Royal College of Physicians London 2009
    • Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, FRAeS Royal Aeronautical Society London 2013
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    Reviews

    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Prof Branley saw me virtually yesterday for a first consultation. Excellent experience from start (booking the appointment) to finish (initial diagnosis and pro-active follow-up).

    Patient seen for:
    Sarcoidosis
    20-10-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    The doctor was very polite and explained concepts in simple terms. This is something I really appreciate - having a PhD myself (not in medicine though), I do not mind a more technical language. But from personal experience I know that for other people it might be too difficult. Mastering how to speak in simple but rigorous way to people is a quality I always seek in doctors. He was also clear about how we will proceed. I would definitely recommend him to other patients as well.

    Patient seen for:
    Lung Infection or Chest Infection
    16-10-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    The professor patiently dealt with my mother’s queries about her case.

    Patient seen for:
    Video Consultation
    09-10-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Branley really listened to my concerns and made me feel much better about the prognosis. He explained everything very clearly and answered all my questions.

    Patient seen for:
    Asthma
    Respiratory Medicine
    08-10-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Branley, was extremely polite, professional and thorough in his assessment despite having to do a video consultation. He gave a good explanation of the possible issues, following a detailed diagnosis, and the steps taken to getting a proper assessment. I would be extremely happy to see him again.

    Patient seen for:
    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
    21-09-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    4

    I was very impressed with Professor Branley based on my initial consultation zoom call with him. He was keen to understand as much as possible about my circumstances, asking questions that I hadn't thought of myself before, and to me, this speaks to his abilities as a diagnostician. He thoroughly explained why I might be experiencing the physical effects of my 'condition' - and the fact that this was all remote and thus more difficult points more emphatically to his skills. After having experienced these symptoms for a number of years, I was left with the feeling that this can be sorted and he was able to suggest immediate next steps which is of comfort to me.

    Patient seen for:
    Breathlessness
    Troublesome cough
    Video Consultation
    11-09-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Branley was very calm & explicit in his discussions & explanations, kindly asking for any further questions or concerns & offering options regarding next steps & followup. He was thorough & sincere in his tone & time spent with me which was reassuring.

    Patient seen for:
    cystic lesion
    02-09-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    All very helpful and thorough and nothing to improve on in terms of care. Asked me often if I had any questions and gave me time to think about it. Obviously very experienced .

    Patient seen for:
    Respiratory Medicine
    27-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I had a video consultation with Professor Branley about my breathing problems. He was very attentive and really took the time to listen to my concerns without feeling rushed. I felt a huge relief after he explained everything and the options available to me which many other Doctors were unable to. Professor Branley is very thorough and knowledgeable, I would highly recommend!

    16-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Branley was inquisitive, attentive, engaging and dedicated in my appointment with him. I felt an immense sense of relief that I am in good hands and that I am on the path to understanding what's wrong and what my treatment options are.

    12-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very helpful - explained everything in detail without being patronizing - a great experience

    31-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    4

    Dr Branley is highly professional and and so committed medical Doctor going all extra mile to assist his patients. With my numerous consultations I had with him I have been treated with special care and focus to my medical cases I am presenting to him. From I my consultation I had with him I found him :; He is so polite Make you feel at ease during the consultation He has grate patience to listen to patient He explains patients condition and treatment and provide good insight by explaining their status I am so confidence in this ability to provide maximum care to his patients Given the kind of treatment I got from him I will recommend to family & friends I am so happy to have consultation with him again.

    29-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very detailed and helpful consultation to find out appropriate tests that should be taken.

    28-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
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    5

    i had a very good experience

    25-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Dr. Branley was patient and thorough in explaining my diagnostic path and subsequent recommended treatment. I felt he took my condition seriously, listened well and was thoughtful in his recommendations. I would recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone going through something similar.

    Patient seen for:
    COVID-19 - Rehabilitation and Recovery
    23-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    It was a pleasure talking with Professor Branley. He made me feel very comfortable about the situation and appeared knowledgable and trustworthy.

    23-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    It’s always a pleasure to see Professor Branley! He provides Excellent Service! Good Explanations and Great Care!

    23-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Branley has an excellent manner. He is approachable, friendly and gives a clear understanding of any issues and treatment. ⭐️👍🏼

    06-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Outstanding doctor

    27-06-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Helpful, explained everything and got things moving.

    23-06-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Prof Howard Branley is very profession and responsive. I’m very happy with my experiences so far. I’ve had some results from tests and Prof Howard Branley has explained these very well.

    18-06-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Prof Branley is excellent in all aspects in case of my treatment.He is remarkable in judging the problem, with his medical advice and treatment plan. He listened to the problem statement from me in details.His follow up consultation is right on time and explanation of any medical report and patient's queries are wonderful. He gives me the feel I am in safe hand. Thank you very much Prof.

    18-06-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Branley was very attentive and caring and thorough. He explained his approach and the tests and outcomes very clearly (but without oversimplifying them). Would unreservedly recommend him to anyone that requires a respiratory specialist.

    17-06-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Branley has always been very kind to me during all my consultations and explained things to me extremely well and never made me feel like I am wasting his time by asking questions.

    13-06-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    My experience with the Professor today was nothing but excellent. He showed great empathy and was polite throughout. He was attentive and gave clear and factual explanations throughout the consultation.

    Patient seen for:
    Breathlessness
    09-06-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professional and informative, with clearly a depth of experience that inspired confidence in the assesment of my symptoms. Combined with Professor Branley's very friendly manner, and ability to listen to my (Sometimes rather thorough!) case history, this led a to a quick placement for the nescessary tests, and a concise and full conclusion. Also of note, a very,very pleasant and helpful secretary who made the whole process run very smoothly. Highly recommended.

    Patient seen for:
    Chest Pain
    28-05-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I have seen Prof Branley in the past, a few years ago now, and recently had a phone consult with him (during Covid-19 pandemic). I am always amazed by his kindness, compassion, and his ability to make me feel as though my concerns have been listened to, validated, and supported. I am glad to see these amazing qualities have not changed over the years. He was careful to explain every step of the consult and reasons behind testing required, and answered all the questions I had with such clarity. I would definitely recommend Prof Branley to family and friends. I only wish all of my specialists were this thorough and compassionate!! We also has a wonderful administration team working along side him, which makes everything run more smoothly.

    Patient seen for:
    Shortness of breath
    post-covid19 lung changes
    14-05-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very professional and takes time to really listen .

    05-05-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    The professor was very polite, made me feel at ease and was very clear.

    04-05-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    My consultation was over the telephone, due to the restrictions during the present pandemic. I thought this might be difficult, particularly as I had not met Professor Branley before. The telephone consultation presented no difficulty. I was 100% happy with the consultation. Professor Branley is a careful listener and a skilled communicator.

    Patient seen for:
    Asthma
    04-05-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I found professor Branley very warm and friendly. He gave me a good explanation to what he thought may be the issue and I found him caring and interested in everything I was telling him.

    28-04-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    The consultation was excellent. Professor Branley took the time to ask detailed questions and to provide a clear explanation. I felt reassured with the approach Professor Branley adopted and at the conclusion of the consultation felt I was in extremely safe and capable hands.

    09-04-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    4

    Easy to get in touch with. Warm, polite and talks in layman's terms. Factual will not speculate. Helpful, will not send for unnecessary scans etc.

    Patient seen for:
    Respiratory Medicine
    04-04-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Thorough assessment, good bedside manner, happy with management

    Patient seen for:
    Asthma
    Bronchiectasis
    31-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    My issues were explained fully and fullow up treatment was agreed.

    Patient seen for:
    Respiratory Medicine
    26-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Everything was explained to me so I had full understanding of my issues and how to deal with them.

    Patient seen for:
    Respiratory Medicine
    25-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Friendly, approachable, sets the patient at ease from the outset. Explained things clearly and concisely. A very positive experience.

    21-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very happy with Prof Branley and the service provided

    20-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Branley is an exceptional physician you has been treating me for almost three years and who helped me recover from a very rare lung infection. He has always been available to talk my calls or answer emails. He will remain my respiratory doctor for the foreseeable future.

    19-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I felt reassured, the diagnostics plan was clear and easy to understand. I am seeing Pr Branley after the test results will come back.

    19-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Overall, it was an excellent experience and an excellent medical visit.

    Patient seen for:
    Chest Pain
    19-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Prof Bramley took time to explain what I was going through and profer solutions.

    Patient seen for:
    Asthma
    15-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very thorough and clear

    13-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    It was a pleasure to meet with Professor Branley who demonstrated an interest in me as a person as the basis of understanding me as the patient requiring assistance. I every hope we will find a solution for my medical problem

    11-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I had complete confidence in Professor Branley's comments and observations and was very pleased with his careful attention to my situation.

    10-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Professor Howard Branley was extremely nice and put me at my ease. I had tests a few days later to establish the cause of the cough and the following day saw him for the results. Hopefully the medicine prescribed will sort out the problem. Am happy to see him again, as recommended in a month.

    Patient seen for:
    Chronic Cough
    10-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    knowledgeable and i was able to find able to find the cause of my discomfort by also referring me to another specialist

    Patient seen for:
    Respiratory Medicine
    10-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I met prof first time as a patient and as GP 6 weeks ago when I had Acute chest problems. I was at ease and was very confident with his manners, explanation and follow up plans .He helped to put matter in perspective and was honest and straightforward in conversation. I felt safe and would be very happy to refer anyone with chest problems.

    Patient seen for:
    Lung Infection or Chest Infection
    06-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Although I had found the two printed, to-be-signed letters attached to my confirmation of appointment slightly formidable I printed them out and signed both only to find nobody asked me for them and I brought them home. Was I meant to hand them into the Platinum Registration Point or the 2nd floor Reception? Post them? This could be made clearer. With regard to the consultation itself, I found the advice given, the description of the condition of my lungs, including possible diagnosis, easy to understand and helpful and the Professor himself welcoming, attentive and, subject to my being untutored in medical matters, highly competent and thorough. I would have no hesitation recommending him to my friends and relatives.

    Patient seen for:
    Pleural Effusion
    04-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very friendly and seemed genuinely interested in me whilst still staying professional.

    Patient seen for:
    Asthma
    03-03-2020

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 11 doctors for:
    11

    Respiratory Medicine

    Dr Nida Chammas
    Dr Nida Chammas
    Endocrinology

    27-04-2019

    An excellent chest physician. Very knowledgeable in his field of expertise. He has been brilliant with both patients and colleagues. Highly recommended.

    For specialty: Respiratory Medicine
    For conditions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Sarcoidosis, Asthma
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Dr Tim Lebens
    Dr Tim Lebens
    General Practice

    25-04-2019

    Professor Branley is extremely professional and very knowledgeable. I have referred many patients to him, all of whom rate him highly. He is very personable and his clinical acumen second to none. So much so that I would ask him to look after myself or family, would I ever need to.

    For specialty: Respiratory Medicine
    For conditions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Sarcoidosis, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), Asthma
    Connection: I have referred patients to them
    Dr Animesh Singh
    Dr Animesh Singh
    Rheumatology

    25-04-2019

    Howard is a very experienced and knowledgable respiratory consultant. I have known him for many years both through the NHS and private practice. He offers top class patient centred care and I would wholeheartedly recommend him to my patients.

    For specialty: Respiratory Medicine
    For conditions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Sarcoidosis, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), Asthma
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Professor Ruth Whitby
    Professor Ruth Whitby
    General Practice

    25-04-2019

    friendly, kind and excellent colleague advise and support

    For specialty: Respiratory Medicine
    For conditions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Sarcoidosis, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), Asthma
    Connection: Is a colleague

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