Medicines specialists in GP practices helping support doctors and patients

Specialists with a wide range of skills are helping transform patient care in some Staffordshire GP practices.

Clinical Prescribing Pharmacists are now starting to be introduced into practices and are helping ensure patients have the right medicines to treat their conditions.

Most people are familiar with Community Pharmacists who dispense prescriptions and sell a wide range of over-the-counter remedies for minor conditions.

Health awareness: COPD

November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) awareness month. COPD is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.

It includes:

  • Emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
  • Chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways

COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. The condition can sometimes affect people who have never smoked. Many people don't realise they have it and conditions can gradually worsen over time. There may also be periods when they get suddenly worse, known as a flare-up or exacerbation.

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