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BRITISH LUNG FOUNDATION NURSES SUPPORT PATIENTS AT HOME

April 11, 2006 10:52 AM

Sufferers of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) will be allowed out of hospital and treated at home quicker thanks to an additional six new British Lung Foundation (BLF) Nurses working across Greater Glasgow.

Already up and running in the North of the City, the scheme is proving such a success that is it being extended across the city.The six new nurses will be in addition to ten already working in this area.

The new BLF nurses have been appointed to extend the early supported discharge service for sufferers of COPD.The early supported discharge service has been set up to see patients discharged earlier from hospital and treated in the comfort of their own homes.

This scheme will help patients, who are admitted to hospital with exacerbations, to be sent home up to three days before they would have been previously, by providing comprehensive at-home care from a dedicated BLF COPD Nurse Specialist.

Service Manager Linda McCarron explained the treatment for a COPD exacerbation is often the same each time."Packages of care are tailored to meet individual patients needs and this treatment is readily available at home via the ESD (Early Supported Discharge) service.Home is where most patients often prefer to be, rather than in hospital."

"The nurses running this service will be known as BLF Nurses, these are nurses who have specialist respiratory care knowledge and are able to offer patient support in this area."

BLF Nurse Manager, Catherine Kelly said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to ensure patients with COPD receive the highest level of care at home."

BLF is funding the nurses for the first 13 months through money raised in a number of activities held last year.The popular ‘Lung Run' held at Glasgow Green raised £15,000, which will go towards the funding of the nurses this year.This year's ‘Lung Run' will take place on Sunday 27 August, and is open to all – runners and spectators.After the initial 13 month period NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will pick up the funding for the nurses.

ENDS.

Notes to Editors

  • There are an estimated 13,000 people in Greater Glasgow living with COPD.
  • Scotland has more cases of COPD per head of population than England and Wales and is one of the worst countries in Europe for COPD.
  • COPD is the only leading cause of death that is increasing worldwide.
  • There are 44 million cases of COPD worldwide every year.

For further information contact Lyn Stirling, NHS Greater Glasgow Communications Department on 0141 201 4558.

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