Portsmouth pharmacists help their 1,000th respiratory patient

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CITY pharmacists are celebrating having helped their 1,000th respiratory patient have a better quality of life.

Portsmouth pharmacies have been helping patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease learn to use their medicines more effectively.

The scheme, which has been running for 18 months, has seen pharmacists tutor people on things such as using an inhaler correctly.

Health officials say patients have benefited because they may not need as much medicine to relieve symptoms if they’re using their preventative treatment properly, and they are less likely to have complications.

And the NHS saves money through fewer emergency treatments and hospital admissions.