Health review aims to help lung patients
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.”
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