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  1. News Article
    NHS leaders are urging people to attend vital lung cancer check-ups as figures reveal almost two-thirds of those invited are not coming forward. The NHS targeted lung health check service offered in some parts of England aims to help diagnose cancer at an earlier stage when treatment may be more successful. Current and former smokers aged between 55 and 74 are invited to speak to a healthcare professional and, if they have a higher chance of developing lung cancer, are offered a scan of their lungs. Doctors are keen to reach those who may not have sought help for symptoms during the
  2. News Article
    The UK has the highest death rate for lung conditions in western Europe, research reveals, prompting calls from health leaders for urgent action to tackle the “national scandal”. More than 100,000 people in the UK die from conditions including asthma attacks, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia every year, according to data analysis by the charity Asthma and Lung UK. Across Europe, only Turkey has a higher respiratory death rate than the UK, analysis of data up to 2018 shows. It described the UK figures as “shameful”, and said that lung conditi
  3. News Article
    MPs will be asked this week to end the “shocking” practice of making cystic fibrosis patients in England pay prescription charges for the drugs that they need to stay alive. The condition is the nation’s most common inherited, life-threatening disease and affects more than 7,000 people. Prescription charges, first introduced in 1952, were abolished in 1965; then, when they were reintroduced in 1968, exemptions were made for those suffering from long-lasting ailments such as cancers, diabetes and epilepsy. But children with cystic fibrosis were not expected to live to adulthood and so the
  4. News Article
    Parents are being warned to look out for signs of a non-Covid virus that is “rife” in the UK amid a surge in reports of children struggling to breathe. The British Lung Foundation (BLF) said Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is staging a comeback this winter after lockdown last year meant there were fewer infections than would normally occur. It is concerned that this year children will have “much lower immunity” at a time when the NHS is already under extreme pressure. “In the last few weeks, we have noticed a surge in calls from parents who are worried about their child’s brea
  5. News Article
    A promise to ensure that people with severe asthma and smokers who want to quit can get the drugs they need has been broken by ministers and the NHS, a health service report reveals. Health charities criticised the persistent lack of access to vital medications for patients in England as very worrying and warned that it could damage the health of those affected. In 2019 the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and makers of branded medicines signed an agreement, called the voluntary scheme, to increase the
  6. Content Article
    The West of England's A&S-SIP ambitions: Support an increase in the proportion of patients in acute hospitals receiving every element (for which they are eligible) of the British Thoracic Society COPD discharge care bundle. Support an increase in the proportion of eligible sites adopting three evidence-based tracheostomy safety interventions. From April 2021, support an increase in the proportion of patients in acute hospitals receiving every element (for which they are eligible) of the asthma discharge care bundle. From April 2021, to support an increase in the p
  7. News Article
    Lung transplant patients in Birmingham are facing significantly worse survival rates as a “sobering” report has revealed two-thirds of patients have died within five years, The Independent has learned. Survival rates for lung transplant patients at University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust after five years are now almost 20 percentage points lower than the other main hospitals specialising in lung transplants. The latest figures from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) have revealed Birmingham’s five-year survival rates decreased from 79% in 2015-16 to 31% in 2020-21, and have co
  8. Content Article
    Background CPAP is often used to support a patient’s breathing in critical care or high dependency units, where there are high numbers of staff to patients. Staff in these units are trained and familiar with the use of non-invasive respiratory support. During the first and second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, many more patients needed CPAP than there were beds in critical care and high-dependency units. Thus, hospitals had to create alternative areas and arrangements for delivering and caring for patients who needed CPAP. This investigation looked at the use of CPAP ou
  9. Content Article
    The rate of hospital admissions for respiratory conditions is growing by 12% each year, and even before the COVID-19 pandemic, respiratory conditions accounted for a third of acute admissions. This report makes 26 recommendations to improve respiratory services against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, including: establishing respiratory support units (RSUs) to provide the best possible care for COVID-19 and post-COVID patients. developing a sustainable plan to deal with winter surges in admissions. more provision of life-saving non-invasive ventilation (NIV) services.
  10. News Article
    Patients with a lung disease may die before they can be diagnosed with an illness, charities have warned. Those on waiting lists for over a year with severe or worsening symptoms are at a higher risk, says health taskforce. Read full story. Source: The Telegraph, 6 July 2021