Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe.
COPD is a term used for a number of conditions; you may know about chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease, these are all COPD.
If you don’t know what COPD is, you’re not alone, a lot of people haven’t heard of it. However, it is more common than you may think; in the UK it is estimated there are 2.8 million people who have COPD but don’t know it.
East Berkshire offers a service to help patients with COPD which assesses people both before they are discharged from hospital and whilst they under the care of the service, to ensure that their medical and nursing needs are addressed.
The team also provide a rapid response service, helping patients to manage exacerbations (flare ups) and offer them support at home to help prevent admission to hospital.
The service is based at the Chest Clinic at King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor. The team may see patients in a variety of care settings, including acute (large) and community hospitals, or in a patient’s home where necessary.
The team is made up of a variety of specialist practitioners who work across both primary and secondary care to offer COPD patients in the east of Berkshire support with their disease and to reduce future hospital admissions.
The service offers patients:
- An opportunity for early supported discharge from hospital
- Access to the team for support whilst they are unwell
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation courses
- A comprehensive physical assessment including Pulse Oximetry, Chest Auscultation and Spirometry
- Education about their condition, including how to recognise signs of deterioration
- A self-management plan on how to deal with future exacerbations
- Other self-management skills for example, chest clearance techniques, breathing control and lifestyle changes
- A social needs assessment to ensure patients continue to be able to cope at home if taken out of hospital
All patients who are referred to the service must have a confirmed diagnosis of COPD and should have had recent spirometry.
Our COPD Early Supported Discharge Service is based at the Chest Clinic at King Edward VII Hospital, Windsor. The team may see patients in a variety of care settings, including acute (large) and community hospitals, or in a patient’s home where necessary.
The service operates 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. District nurses are available to support patients out of hours.
To contact the Team:
COPD Early Supported Discharge Service
King Edward VII Hospital
St Leonard’s Road
Telephone: 01753 636796
Fax: 01753 636460