The respiratory team at Basildon University Hospital has received a plaudit from Britain’s leading medical professional body for the care and treatment it provides for patients with certain lung conditions.
All hospital respiratory teams are now required to submit data four times a year to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) on the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
The first results for this new national COPD audit show that Basildon Hospital is one of the best performing in London and the south east of England. The data showed that the respiratory team ensure that the care and treatment of high numbers of patients meets the standards set by the RCP. These include being seen by a specialist within 24 hours of admission, being assessed for an exercise and education pulmonary rehabilitation programme, and being advised on smoking cessation programmes.