Patients with lung disease to get new service to help them stay at home

November 29 2015

A NEW service is being set up in South Gloucestershire to help people with a serious lung condition stay out of hospital.

A NEW service is being set up in South Gloucestershire to help people with a serious lung condition stay out of hospital.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fifth biggest killer in the country and the second most common cause of emergency admissions to hospital.

It is a terminal condition which, in advanced stages, may require those with the disease to have oxygen at home to help keep them living independently.

Sirona Health and Care plans to develop a community service that will include assessing and reviewing those who are registered with a South Gloucestershire GP and have been diagnosed with COPD, as well as anyone who has been prescribed oxygen, regardless of diagnosis.

Emma Caleb, Sirona’s head of specialist rehabilitation services, said: “Individuals will be referred to us by their consultant, GP or other professional and, having been assessed, people will be able to stay in touch with the service.

“Initially we are planning a Monday to Friday service, with staff visiting patients at home or in local clinics.

“However, the aim is to be as flexible as possible and as we want to give greater control and choice to people with respiratory problems, we would like them to be involved in how we develop the service.”

A survey has been produced asking for views on the plans. It can be accessed online at www.sirona-cic.org.uk/your-view or by calling Martha Cox on 01225 831328.