Cherry Wynne, clinical nurse specialist, respiratory integrated care, Cabra Health Centre, Dublin
6.45am I give myself ample time for breakfast — a large cup of tea, cereal, fruit. I couldn’t leave home without it!
8am At my desk, I check and answer emails, listen to phone messages and jot down in my diary the return calls I need to make during the day. My role is to aid in the diagnosis and management of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in primary care, ie GP practices and Summerhill Health Centre. I provide spirometry — a test to measure how well the lungs are working — as well as a programme of care to improve health outcomes and reduce service demand. I look over assessments and spirometry I have taken on patients, ready to consult with the respiratory consultant in secondary care.
9.20am At the Mater University Hospital, I meet the respiratory consultant who reviews and interprets the spirometry tests. It is estimated 440,000 people are living with COPD, yet only half of those have been diagnosed.
10.30am I attend a pulmonary rehabilitation class in Ballybough Community Youth and Fitness Centre, where I assist the Senior Physiotherapist Respiratory Integrated Care in providing an exercise class and education to those with COPD. Exercise is a gold standard of treatment for COPD patients.
12 noon Back in my office in Cabra, I contact a respiratory nurse colleague to check if she can help me at the COPD day event taking place in the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin, on November 15. To register for the conference, where the focus is on improving self-care for people with COPD, see www.copd.ie
12.30pm A quick lunch
1.30pm I have a clinic in a GP practice in Finglas. Two new patients for assessment and spirometry and two reviews where I evaluate symptoms and, in collaboration with the patient and GP, develop an action plan for managing their disease.
4.15pm After ensuring I have recorded my consultation on the GPIT system and my own records, I head home. Luckily I’ve a short commute and if I’m not too tired I can get a run in before catching up with my partner and step children. One evening a week I help out at Leinster Horse and Pony Rescue.
“I give myself ample time for breakfast”