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Information about conditions

Useful information about Asthma can be found on the following websites:

Asthma UK - http://www.asthma.org.uk/

British Lung Foundation - www.blf.org.uk/conditions/detail/asthma

NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Patient.co.uk - www.patient.co.uk/health/asthma

Useful information about Bronchiectasis can be found on the following websites:

British Lung Foundation - www.blf.org.uk/Conditions/Detail/bronchiectasis

NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Bronchiectasis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Patient.co.uk - www.patient.co.uk/health/bronchiectasis-leaflet

 

We have also produced a information on Bronchiectasis (see links on right to download a copy). This is a practical guide to understanding Bronchiectasis, treatment and lifestyle choices.

Our 'Bronchiectasis Resiratory Action Plan' will help you to manage your respiratory condition(s).

Useful information about COPD can be found on the following websites:

British Lung Foundation - www.blf.org.uk/conditions/detail/COPD

NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Patient.co.uk - www.patient.co.uk/health/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-leaflet

 

We have also produced a booklet on COPD called 'Living with COPD' (see link on right to download a copy). This is a practical guide to understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), treatment and lifestyle choices.

Our 'Resiratory Action Plan' will help you to manage your respiratory condition(s).

Useful information about Interstitial Lung Disease can be found on the following websites:

Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis UK - www.actionpulmonaryfibrosis.org

British Lung Foundation - www.blf.org.uk/Conditions/Detail/IPF

European IPF Registry - www.pulmonary-fibrosis.net

NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk/conditions/pulmonary-fibrosis

Patient.co.uk - www.patient.co.uk/doctor/pulmonary-fibrosis

Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust - www.pulmonaryfibrosistrust.org

Pulmonary Fibrosis UK - www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.uk

 

We have also produced a information on Interstitial Lung Disease (see links on right to download a copy). This is a practical guide to understanding Interstitial Lung Disease, treatment and lifestyle choices.

Useful information on Tuberculosis (TB) can be found on the following websites:

British Lung Foundation - www.blf.org.uk/Conditions/Detail/Tuberculosis

NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Tuberculosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Patient.co.uk - www.patient.co.uk/doctor/tuberculosis

Around one in twenty patients admitted to the Medical Assessment Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital will have a diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia, a major cause of morbidity and mortality. An even higher number will be admitted with other lower respiratory tract infections such as complicated influenza and acute bronchitis.

At the Royal Derby Hospital we are committed to improving the outcomes of patients with pneumonia (both in terms of reducing mortality and shortening length of hospital stay), and to improving the processes of care for patients.

Current initiatives to achieve these goals include:

  • Annual audit of care and outcomes of patients with pneumonia as part of the British Thoracic Society community-acquired pneumonia audit, comparing our standards with other Trusts;

  • Implementation of the British Thoracic Society care bundles of evidence-based interventions that have each been proven to improve outcomes;

  • Review by a Consultant Respiratory Physician within 24 hours for all patients admitted with lower respiratory tract infections, seven days a week, 365 days a year;
  • Introduction of an antibiotic order set via the electronic prescribing system to improve guideline-concordant antibiotic prescribing;
  • Participating in research to develop novel treatments and care pathways.

 

In the future, the Royal Derby Respiratory Unit hopes to develop a dedicated ward area for respiratory infection, staffed by physicians and nurses with an interest in the subject, in order to concentrate expertise, and to further expand links with primary care in order to facilitate timely and appropriate review of patients to reduce hospital admissions.

 

Information for clinicians

A summary of the national guidance for pneumonia is available here.

The latest guidance for influenza infection can be found here.