COPD carries a heavy burden for patients and their families, with many attending hospital when they could be cared for more effectively and comfortably closer to home.

With this in mind Camden CCG started a redesign of the current COPD service towards the end of last year, which is in the final stages of implementation. Part of this process has involved closure of the Camden COPD CICS clinics. However if you have a patient with COPD who you feel could benefit from expert input consider a referral to the CNWL Community Respiratory Service.

Home oxygen users are not currently monitored, and this has been identified as a clinical risk. The CCG is therefore drawing up a specification for a home oxygen monitoring service which will be up and running later this year.