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Patients in Calderdale can breathe more easily thanks to new care pathway

15 December 2015

A recently launched programme of care supporting people with respiratory health conditions in Calderdale is already proving to be beneficial for patients.

calds resp team pic Oct 15The Integrated Respiratory Service, which was launched by NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust on 1 September, is reducing the number of hospital admissions caused by respiratory illnesses, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), by offering patients direct access to a Specialist Respiratory Community Service (SRCS).

This team provides specialist care and support to help patients manage their conditions and can arrange appointments with patients at home, at locations across Calderdale’s upper valley, lower valley or in central Halifax, or at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Mrs Ann Varley, a patient who has benefitted from the service said: “the support I’ve been given since leaving Calderdale Royal Hospital has been second-to-none.

“I’ve been assigned a COPD nurse, who gives me confidence and her help is just at the end of the telephone should I have any worries, and if she is not there it is reassuring that someone else is. I have found it to be a first-class service.”

Those in need of urgent care can be referred for rapid assessment at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, where they are treated as outpatients by a team of expert respiratory consultants, who also review people admitted to hospital with complex respiratory issues to facilitate early supported discharge.

The service is accessed via a dedicated phone line, which is manned by a respiratory specialist seven days-a-week between 9.00am and 5.00pm. Patients are assessed over the phone by a dedicated respiratory specialist, and are then seen by a member of the SCRS, or given an appointment to see a respiratory Consultant.

Dr Annika Graham, one of three respiratory consultants supporting the Integrated Respiratory Service based at Halifax’s Calderdale Royal Hospital, said of the programme: “the new service is designed to provide prompt access to a respiratory specialist for patients with respiratory symptoms that are unstable or deteriorating rapidly.

“This group of patients frequently end up being admitted to hospital or deteriorating before they reach specialist assessment and it is hoped this can be avoided. Early specialist assessment should provide the most appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment in a more timely fashion.”

Dr Nigel Taylor of Hebden Bridge Group Practice, Calderdale CCG’s clinical lead for respiratory medicine, said: “this innovative new service is an important part of Calderdale CCG’s Care Closer to Home initiative, supported by our Vanguard programme.

“It is another example of the CCG working in partnership with our community and hospital healthcare provider, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, to provide better, integrated care designed around the needs of service users to help them to be more in control of their health.”




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Service user testimonials 

  • “I know there is no cure for COPD, but there is hope it (the Integrated Respiratory Service will keep me fit for longer…” – Mr K Hopkins
  • “I must thank you for the help and support you have given me over the past eight weeks” – Mrs m
  • I can breathe a lot better and I don’t get anxiety attacks like I used to. I can’t thank you enough for all of the help you’ve given me.” – Mrs C Illingworth
  • “Thank you for giving me the confidence and courage to be able to do things again. It has made a huge difference to how I see and do things.” – Mrs S Abel


NHS Calderdale CCG

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) covers 26 GP practices and a registered population of more than 213,000 patients.

At Calderdale CCG we seek to improve the lives of local people by increasing life expectancy, making sure we commission and provide good quality services and to reduce health inequalities across the district. It’s our aim to achieve the best health and wellbeing for the people of Calderdale within our available resources.


Care Closer to Home

The Care Closer to Home programme aims to give people in Calderdale access to the care they need in their localities, whether this be at home or in the community.

Calderdale CCG are working in partnership public and third sector care providers to reduce the dependence on hospital services and provide smarter health care service which works together for the benefit of patients across Calderdale.


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