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Switching to telehealth: a masterclass in managing COPD

Switching to telehealth: a masterclass in managing COPD

Respiratory care in focus

Fatima Holt
RGN

RGN for the District Nurse Team
Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust

According to the National COPD Audit 2004, the cost to the NHS of treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is £818m per annum.(1) There are on average 25,000 primary care consultations and 1,000 hospital admissions in a typical trust area, and over 30% of emergency admissions are readmitted to hospital within 90 days.  

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