Chris Staples, of the Gosport & Fareham Breathe Easy Group, talks about QA’s early intervention
Clinicians from MISSION:COPD at Queen Alexander hospital have recently been to several surgeries in the area giving patients a one-stop service to test, diagnose and treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients.
Instead of the long wait seeing the GP, being referred to the consultant,having tests to diagnose the condition then back to the consultant for treatment, which can take months,this was done in less than two hours.
Professor Anoop Chauhan, director of research and innovation at QA, led a team of clinicians at the Brune surgery, and spent the day with patients testing, diagnosing and implementing treatment.
COPD accounts for 30,000 deaths annually nationwide with cases expected to rise by over 30 per cent in the next 10 years and it is estimated about two million people currently remain undiagnosed.
With these figures in mind, the clinicians are trying to intervene at an earlier stage to reduce emergency hospital admissions and, where possible, to introduce patients to a self management programme to enable them to help control their condition more effectively.
When the MISSION team came to the Brune surgery they saw patients from Brune and Rowner surgeries. Some had their medication reviewed, some were put forward for further treatment at the hospital and they were all given the opportunity to engage with the pulmonary rehabilitation (exercise) courses or to help with the TROOPER study into the effectiveness of structured exercises at home.
As an onlooker/visitor to the session, I would like to thank all the clinicians who worked so hard throughout the day for their care, compassion and energy, the patients for approaching this in such a positive manner, and the staff at the Brune and Rowner surgeries for all the background work to enable this to take place.
The clinicians are working extremely hard to help patients but they need patient help as well in volunteering for research.
The TROOPER study needs a set number of participants, so if you would like to help, talk with your GP, respiratory nurse or local Breathe Easy group.
The group’s next meeting will be on Thursday, November 5 at Gosport Leisure Centre from 2pm-4pm.
The mayor and mayoress of Gosport, Professor Chauhan, Ben Green, respiratory consultant from QA and members of the CRIS specialist nurses will be there. Sufferers, carers and family are all welcome.