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Pioneering nurse project tackles poor lung health

Liverpool-based specialist respiratory nurses in GP centres are leading the way in identifying undiagnosed cases of lung cancer and COPD in a city tainted with poor lung health.  
Deborah Fleetwood and Paula McCann Finney

Liverpool-based specialist respiratory nurses in GP centres are leading the way in identifying undiagnosed cases of lung cancer and COPD in a city tainted with poor lung health

A nurse-led project in Liverpool is recording great success in picking up life-threatening lung cancer at an earlier and more treatable stage.

Clinics run by specialist respiratory nurses in GP centres are finding undiagnosed cases of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Liverpool’s Healthy Lung Programme was developed by the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support to improve respiratory health in a city blighted with poor lung health.

Liverpool has one of the highest respiratory morbidity rates in England, with double the national lung cancer incidence, particularly in lower socioeconomic groups.

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