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Report exposes gaps in diagnosis and treatment of chronic lung conditions

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A leading lung charity has called for services that relate to the diagnosis and treatment of a chronic lung conditions to be improved, following a new report by the Royal College of Physicians.

The British Lung Foundation Wales says that there are gaps in the diagnosis and care given to those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The progress made in improving the diagnosis of and treatment for those with COPD must be welcomed, but this report shows there is much to do to ensure everyone in Wales has access to good quality respiratory services.

What’s particularly concerning is that not only are many COPD patients not having their diagnosis confirmed with an x-ray, but too many then aren’t being referred to pulmonary rehabilitation to help them manage their condition and prevent it from getting worse. Making better use of high value treatments like pulmonary rehab will not only improve patients’ quality of life, but save our NHS money in the long run.

– Joseph Carter, Head of the British Lung Foundation Wales


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