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Respiratory discharge

The RED scheme aims to speed up hospital discharge for respiratory patients, especially those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

COPD is the overall term used to describe a variety of illnesses, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.

People with COPD have permanently damaged lungs and find it difficult to breathe most of the time.

Patients receiving care under the scheme remain the responsibility of hospital consultants until discharged. Respiratory nurses help patients adjust back at home. Visits are made to patients in hospital and also at home for up to a week.

Our staff provide help for newly diagnosed patients new to having oxygen or nebulisers and follow-up care for patients who are regularly readmitted to hospitals to find out why and  to help them feel safe and secure at home.



The British Lung Foundation