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Patients benefit from mobile lung device

Patients are set to benefit from a gadget which aims to detect more people who are at risk of developing a serious lung condition and will be carried by a team of stop smoking advisors in the city.

Patients are set to benefit from a gadget which aims to detect more people who are at risk of developing a serious lung condition and will be carried by a team of stop smoking advisors in the city.

The device is no bigger than a mobile phone or small music player, can be easily transported, and could detect an abnormal lung function on the spot. The tool will be used by the Leicester City stop smoking service in one-to-one support sessions. Smoking is the biggest cause of lung problems in the city.

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has teamed up with the local Leicester City stop smoking service to check as many smokers as possible for signs and symptoms of the condition. There are currently over 5,000 patients diagnosed and known to GPs 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.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (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. There is no cure.

The project which aims to detect signs and symptoms of COPD launches this month.

Dr Durairaj Jawahar, GP and COPD Clinical Lead for Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “As a CCG 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 we are tackling it now to prevent a bigger problem in the future.

“The project aims to reduce the number of patients with undiagnosed COPD and improve education and awareness for both patients and clinicians. If we detect people earlier we can equip them with the knowledge and confidence to manage their own condition which will ultimately lead to an improved quality life and hopefully help to stop them being admitted to hospital avoidably.

Currently five members of the stop team have been provided with the training and support needed to use the device.

The device works by blowing into a detachable mouthpiece. The monitor then measures the airflow through the machine which records lung capacity and detects any potential blockages in the airways. It also gives a lung age reading so people can find out how old their lungs are compared to their actual age.

Louise Ross, tobacco control delivery manager from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, said: “Smoking is the biggest cause of lung problems in the city. The new device, called a COPD screening device, will allow us to test people’s risk of developing COPD on the spot. It’s quick and easy and will help detect many of the thousands of people in the city who have the condition but remain undiagnosed.”

For more information on COPD or if want more information on how to quit smoking, contact the STOP team on 0116 295 4141 or visit http://smokefree.nhs.uk/

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For interviews or more information please contact Liz Thomas, Communications and Engagement Officer on 0116 295 4159 or liz.thomas@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk

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