Portsmouth hospital trust wins award on COPD work

A HOSPITAL trust has won an award for its '˜impressive work' to help patients with chronic respiratory conditions.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital, won the HSJ Patient Safety Award for Improving Safety in Medicines Management. The team was crowned winners for their work on Mission COPD.

The HSJ said: ‘If patients with severe COPD can be recognised before they arrive in hospital in a crisis, there is a lot that can be done to improve their lives, their health and the cost to the NHS.

‘Portsmouth’s Mission COPD does just that.’

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Portsmouth has significantly higher than average rates of smokers, COPD admissions and re-admissions, and deaths related to COPD.

Mission COPD is identifying those with high-risk or undiagnosed COPD so that they can be diagnosed and treated earlier.

Professor Anoop Chauhan, director of research at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: ‘I could not be more proud. We are passionate about patient safety.’