Calling COPD patients in Rochdale - improve your condition through access to online support and education

Date published: 10 July 2019


Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are now able to access a new app, free of charge, to help them self-manage their condition.

MyCOPD is a web-based application providing education, pulmonary rehabilitation and disease management tailored to the individual user.

This means patients can access support  24/7 on their smartphones, tablet or computer to manage their health online. 750 selected patients with COPD in the borough are being offered the app free of charge by local GPs, the enhanced respiratory service, community matrons in the integrated neighbourhood teams and the smoking cessation service who are involved in the care of existing COPD patients in the borough.

COPD, the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties, is the fifth biggest killer in the UK and it costs the NHS more than £1 billion annually. In 2018-2019 there were approx. 6,000 registered patients with COPD in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.

MyCOPD educates and empowers patients to take more control of their own care, helping to bring improvements in inhaler use and compliance with other treatments.

It also makes it easier for COPD care to be delivered by health professionals and accessed by patients with a link to a clinician-facing dashboard to allow remote monitoring and management of patients at individual and population level.

Dr Steve Doyle, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale’s respiratory clinical lead, is a local GP in the borough; he said: “These apps are an innovative way for patients and clinicians to manage a chronic disease in partnership.

“The app allows the patient to formulate and follow a self-management plan and update an inhaler diary. It will offer advice on appropriate exercise programmes, and include online education tutorials such as inhaler videos, weather and pollution forecasts, and symptom reporting.

“We are delighted that we are able to participate in this exciting Greater Manchester programme for the benefit of patients here in Rochdale.”

Health Innovation Manchester, the organisation responsible for accelerating proven innovation into Greater Manchester’s health and social care services at pace, has secured over 6,000 app licences which are being deployed across localities and offered to patients as part of their COPD care.

The roll-out of myCOPD is part of Health Innovation Manchester’s wider COPD programme which sees the organisation working with health and industry partners to improve the care and treatment of people with COPD through the most innovative and effective healthcare approaches.

People in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale with a diagnosis of COPD who would like to register their interest in using the myCOPD app can do so by calling 01706 652853 or emailing hmr.ccg@nhs.net

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