Health re­view aims to help lung pa­tients

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - DA­MON WILKIN­SON

THOU­SANDS of asthma and COPD pa­tients across Rochdale bor­ough are to have their treat­ment ex­am­ined to make sure they’re get­ting the right care.

The pro­gramme will in­volve over 4,600 pa­tients at 23 surg­eries and is the big­gest of its kind in Greater Manch­ester.

If re­quired, pa­tients will be in­vited to at­tend their GP prac­tice for a con­sul­ta­tion with a clin­i­cal phar­ma­cist.

They will check pa­tients’ symp­toms con­trol, in­haler tech­nique, lung func­tion and also re­view pa­tients’ care plans.

COPD is the name for a group of lung con­di­tions which cause breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, in­clud­ing em­phy­sema.

Dr Keith Pear­son, head of medicines op­ti­mi­sa­tion at NHS Hey­wood, Mid­dle- ton and Rochdale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, said: “The res­pi­ra­tory re­view aims to pro­vide lo­cal peo­ple who have COPD and asthma with ded­i­cated sup­port from ex­perts in the field of res­pi­ra­tory prac­tice.

“The re­views will im­prove man­age­ment of pa­tients’ treat­ment for COPD and asthma, en­sur­ing they are on the most ap­pro­pri­ate medicines for their in­di­vid­ual symp­toms.

“They will also sup­port pa­tients to man­age their con­di­tion ef­fec­tively and help re­duce the num­ber of flare ups of symp­toms, such as breath­less­ness, which many pa­tients will be fa­mil­iar with.”

The res­pi­ra­tory re­views will be tak­ing place a un­til May 2018.

Pa­tients will be no­ti­fied of their re­view by tele­phone or let­ter.

Dr Pear­son added: “The res­pi­ra­tory re­view will also link in with HMR CCG’s long-term con­di­tions test bed pro­ject which is work­ing to im­prove care for peo­ple who have, or may de­velop, cer­tain long-term health con­di­tions such as COPD.

“The test bed pro­ject has fa­cil­i­tated spe­cial­ist train­ing with COPD ex­pert Dr Steve Holmes for GPs, prac­tice nurses, phar­ma­cists and other health pro­fes­sion­als with an in­ter­est in im­prov­ing clin­i­cal care in this field.

“The clin­i­cal phar­ma­cists un­der­tak­ing the res­pi­ra­tory re­view will be able to iden­tify COPD pa­tients who may ben­e­fit from the tele­health ser­vice, called “Closer­care” whereby pa­tients are pro­vided with dig­i­tal de­vices to mon­i­tor their own vi­tal health signs at home, send­ing the read­ings to health pro­fes­sion­als who will mon­i­tor them re­motely for changes in their con­di­tion.”

Kathy Mor­ri­son and Sue Asprey, from the Chat­ter­box Pro­ject, Black­ley, with a Taylor Wim­pey sales staff mem­ber and a young re­cruit

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