We’re proud our work with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) has been chosen as a national exemplar of how COPD care in the UK can be transformed for the better in a story by BBC News.
Dr Chris Carlin and his patient, Olaf Schneider, share their experience using the Lenus COPD service to reduce hospital admissions and keep patients well at home using supported self-management.
If we can manage these patients more safely and effectively with digital tools, it's ultimately beneficial to them and it's beneficial to the whole NHSDr Chris Carlin, Consultant Respiratory Physician
Chronic lung disease is the third largest killer in the UK behind cancer and heart disease. Supporting people with COPD is one of the greatest challenges to the NHS, costing nearly £2 billion each year and accounting for 1 in 8 emergency hospital admissions.
The story builds on new research from the charity Asthma + Lung UK showing the number of people needing emergency hospital treatment for lung conditions is 3 times higher in some parts of the country than in the richest areas of the UK.
If we do nothing, the costs of COPD are going to increase dramatically over the next 20 or 30 years, and we just can't afford thatDr Chris Carlin, Consultant Respiratory Physician
Paul McGinness, CEO of Lenus Health, added, “Transforming COPD care with digital tools has been a critical step towards reducing hospital admissions, and I am delighted to see the significant impact the Lenus service has had at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde featured by BBC News.
"By implementing a supported self-management approach, care teams at NHS GGC have demonstrated digital tools can provide access and improve outcomes for patients who may otherwise fall through the gaps. It's a testament to the power of innovation and collaboration in healthcare, and I'm excited to see the potential for further uptake across the NHS."
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