The respiratory team at Basildon University Hospital has received a plaudit from Britain’s leading medical professional body for the care and treatment it provides for patients with certain lung conditions.
All hospital respiratory teams are now required to submit data four times a year to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) on the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
The first results for this new national COPD audit show that Basildon Hospital is one of the best performing in London and the south east of England. The data showed that the respiratory team ensure that the care and treatment of high numbers of patients meets the standards set by the RCP. These include being seen by a specialist within 24 hours of admission, being assessed for an exercise and education pulmonary rehabilitation programme, and being advised on smoking cessation programmes.
Because Basildon Hospital’s performance is well above the national average, the RCP invited them to give a presentation on their methods to clinical colleagues from other hospitals.
Joanne Peacock, respiratory nurse specialist, shared the team’s achievements at a professional workshop at the RCP headquarters in London. She said: “It was a great honour to represent the team, and our work generated a good deal of interest with lots of people asking me questions afterwards.”
Dr Dipak Mukherjee, lead respiratory consultant, said: “We are very proud to have received this recognition for our work in this first national audit. There is still more work to do to ensure our patients receive consistently good care, and the dedicated team of doctors and nurses are determined to maintain and improve on our good standards.”