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Patients over 40 invited for lung check

6th February 2014 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Patients in Leicester city are set to benefit from a simple test that will pick up signs of a serious lung disease.

Thousands of letters are being sent from Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to people who may already have or are at risk of developing a condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but who have not been diagnosed. The letter asks them to make an appointment to have a lung function check.

COPD is a term used for chronic bronchitis or emphysema, where the airways become narrowed, reducing the flow of air to and from the lungs, causing shortness of breath.

Lung disease is a strategic priority for the CCG who commissions the programme in the city. Lung and breathing problems are a key contributor to early death in the city, and people in Leicester on average are living shorter lives than in many other parts of the country.

There are currently over 5,000 patients diagnosed on the COPD register in the city and it is predicted that between 2,000 and 3,000 people could have the condition but have not yet been diagnosed. The programme targets anyone in the city who meets set clinical criteria and are over 40 and registered with a GP in the city.

The test will be done locally, it takes no longer than 30 minutes and patients will get the results there and then.

Dr Jawahar, CCG board member and COPD clinical lead, said: “Anyone who is a smoker, has a chance of developing COPD. Research shows us that thousands of people in the city who are smokers and over 40, either have lung disease and don’t know it, or are at high risk of developing the condition.

We have committed to reduce the numbers of people dying early in Leicester. COPD is the third biggest cause of death in the city and smoking is the biggest cause of COPD. We are tackling it now to prevent a bigger problem in the future.

We are finding adults over the age of 40 who are deemed to be at risk and display symptoms associated with COPD, who have not already been given a diagnosis. It’s this group of people we want to identify so we can get them diagnosed and on the right course of intervention to manage their condition.”

Dr Jawahar added: “For patients who test positive, the service will inform your GP who will offer interventions, which could range from adding exercise to your lifestyle or prescribed medication.”

If you have concerns about your health ask your local surgery for advice or make an appointment to see your GP or practice nurse.

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