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COPD Early Supported Discharge

                           Young Nurse Helping Old Lady

From September 2015 the COPD, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Oxygen Team will expand their service to include an early supported discharge scheme.  Patients who are admitted with an exacerbation (flare up) of COPD will be assessed to see if they could be discharged earlier from hospital with the support at home of the specialist COPD team.  The new scheme will initially run for 6 months and will be closely monitored to see how effective and acceptable it is to patient's.  As this is not a hospital admission avoidance service we do not accept A&E or community referrals.

 

The scheme is available from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and patients will be seen at home until their symptoms have improved.  The service will also optimise COPD treatment, undertake further assessment if needed and encourage and support self-management and referral to Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

 

For further information, please contact the service.

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