Patients who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or related condition have an annual COPD check in the month of their birthday. This makes it easier for patients to remember when their annual review is due. COPD patients do not need to wait for the invitation letter and can ring the surgery to book an annual COPD check appointment with the Health Care Assistant (HCA) in the month of their birthday.
The COPD appointment takes approximately 40 minutes and includes a breathing test called a Spirometry. Patients need to call the surgery on the usual number (0114) 285 0140 after 9:30am and ask to book an appointment with the health care assistant for their Spirometry.
If patients have recently had a course of steroids and/or antibiotics for a chest complaint they must not have their Spirometry test until 6 weeks after finishing this medication.
After completion of the COPD/Spirometry check the patient's records will be reviewed by one of the doctors and their medication reviewed and updated.
If apart from COPD the patient also suffers from another condition such as Diabetes, CKD, Heart Failure, CVD, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypertension and related conditions they will need to attend for a "Birthday Medical Review"(BMR).
Diabetic patients need to book two separate appointments - one for COPD/Spirometry check with the HCA and another for BMR/Diabetes review with the Nurse.
Non-diabetic patients can have their COPD and other medical conditions checked at the same Spirometry appointment with the HCA.
Instructions for patients requiring a Spirometry test.
Your doctor/nurse would like you to attend the surgery for a Spirometry test. This test records how well your lungs are functioning and helps the doctor to decide if you are being prescribed the most effective treatment. You will be required to blow into a special machine and it would help us to get the most accurate reading if you could adhere to the following advice.
We ask that you please:
• Come in relaxed clothing.
• Arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment time so that you can relax before you start the test.
• Do not eat a large meal less than two hours before the test.
• Do not smoke for at least four hours before the test but preferably 24 hours if possible.
• Do not drink alcohol for 4 hours before the test.
• Do not take any strenuous exercise on the day of the test.