Health leaders in the south of Derbyshire are to launch two new services for patients with serious breathing difficulties.
NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a new telephone coaching service called My Health that aims to keep people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) out of hospital over the coming winter months.
Selected patients with COPD will be given a number to call to speak to a health coach who will support them to understand their condition and help them to improve their own ability to manage their condition effectively. Telephone lines will be staffed by qualified nurses employed by a company called Totally Health.
Running from November to next April, the service is being piloted with 100 patients known to be at risk of readmission to Royal Derby Hospital (RDH) over the winter months.
The Adult Respiratory Team at RDH is earmarking patients who have had two or more admissions over the last six months while the hospital’s Enhanced Discharge Service is identifying inpatients at risk of readmission. Following consent, the patients will receive one-to one telephone-based health coaching.
Meanwhile, the CCG is to invite in the region of 600 patients per year to take part in a six-week pulmonary rehabilitation programme that will start in April 2014.
Patients with COPD will be able to attend the six-week programmes where they will have the opportunity to learn how to manage their condition as effectively as possible and take part in exercise, aiming to help them breathe better.
Dr Sheila Newport, Chair of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said:
“One of our key priorities is to provide the best possible care for patients suffering from COPD - which is one of the most prevalent conditions for which our 57 GP practices refer.
“That’s why we’re launching these programmes, which will help patients manage their condition while experiencing the benefits of regular, gentle exercise. The emphasis will be on patients caring for themselves and staying as healthy as they can.”
The programmes were welcomed this week by Peter Moseley, from Swadlincote, who has been suffering from emphysema for around 15 years and is among the 13,000 Derbyshire people with COPD.
The former miner felt that education and regular gentle exercise would make a big difference to patient wellbeing – and he should know as he leads a Get Healthy Group that organises weekly walks of about one mile for people with COPD. He also leads the Swadlincote Lung Support Group.
Peter contracted emphysema while working at the former Rawdon Colliery near the Derbyshire and Leicestershire border. He was also a smoker but has long since quit.
Patients with COPD wishing to join Peter’s walking group or the Swadlincote Lung Support Group should call him on 01283 226841.
The CCG is expecting to award a contract for the pulmonary rehabilitation service early in the New Year.
The CCG’s announcement of these two new services coincides with the run-up to World COPD Day taking place next Wednesday (20 November). The theme of this year’s awareness-raising event is that “it’s not too late” for patients to take control of their condition by taking regular exercise and seeking expert advice.
Dr Newport added: “Our aim, as a CCG responsible for the healthcare of 525,000 patients, is to provide Gold Standard support to patients with COPD. We’re confident that Pulmonary Rehabilitation and My Health will make important contributions as we strive to achieve our goal.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG represents 57 GP practices and is responsible for the healthcare of 525,000 people. It is one of four clinical commissioning groups in Derbyshire.
Charles Malkin, Communications Officer
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