Portsmouth hospital trust wins award for respiratory projects

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.

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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.’