Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Our Vision:

To provide an integrated patient focused service, delivering efficient, high quality, evidence-based care to patients with COPD in Dudley.


COPD is a major cause of hospital admissions in the UK, accounting for over one million hospital admissions each year. Effective management of patients with COPD will result in positive patient outcomes that will be echoed throughout the local health economy.

Exacerbations of COPD are a major cause of hospitalizations, causing significant burden for patients and the health service. Exacerbations are distressing and disruptive for patients and account for a significant proportion of the total healthcare costs of COPD. Through proactive management exacerbations can be prevented, treated more effectively should they be encountered, reduce expensive treatment costs and impact positively on patients’ health status.

These guidelines have been published as an electronic resource, to allow professionals to identify, diagnose and manage COPD. To achieve the following:

Patients with COPD will benefit from:

St John's House, Union St, Dudley, West Midlands, DY28PP, United Kingdom