Restoring basic care
Our report, Recovery and reset for respiratory: restoring and improving basic care for patients with lung disease, outlines the enormous impact COVID-19 has had on the care received by people with lung disease across the UK.
The report provides an overview of the key challenges facing respiratory patients following COVID-19. It also makes a series of recommendations for policymakers and commissioners in the NHS across the UK.
Everybody with a lung condition should get a level of basic respiratory care, delivered for the majority in GP practices, supported by specialist respiratory teams and community pharmacy. This care is essential to keeping millions of people well and out of hospital. While some people with lung conditions have been able to access basic care throughout COVID-19, this has not been consistent across the country.
We believe there are significant opportunities to put measures in place to address the backlog of care and ensure that in the coming months and years, the needs of people with lung disease are met.
- GP practices should offer a choice of video, phone, face-to-face and digital options for carrying out annual reviews with patients, considering patient preferences
- GP practices should identify patients at greatest risk through risk stratification and invite them to attend a review
- NHS England and the governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should each develop a communication plan for patients, encouraging everyone to know who they should contact if they have new or worsening respiratory symptoms
- Patients who have been diagnosed without use of appropriate lung function tests must have their diagnosis confirmed with tests as soon as possible
- Commissioners should maintain new ways of delivering care and treatment which benefit patients