Portsmouth hospital trust wins award for respiratory projects

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A HOSPITAL trust has won a national award for its work with patients suffering from chronic respiratory conditions.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust won at the HSJ Awards in London this week.

Mission-Asthma and COPD, a collaborative project between the research and innovation team at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham and Wessex Academic Health Science Network, was crowned winners of the Primary Care Innovation category.

The trust designed the projects to identify patients on GP registers at risk of asthma, and then chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) so they could receive swift community-based assessment.

Results from the asthma scheme included a 67 per cent cut in A&E visits, while the follow-up COPD project, supported by a grant from the Health Foundation, reduced such visits by 97 per cent.

Professor Anoop Chauhan, who was behind the projects, said: ‘It is clear that this project has improved, and potentially saved, many lives locally.’

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