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Respiratory Managed Clinical Network 

NHS Lanarkshire’s Respiratory Managed Clinical Network (MCN) was launched in March 2007. The aim of the Respiratory MCN is to ensure that clinical care is delivered to patients with Respiratory disease in a smooth and supportive manner by bringing together different health professionals and organisations and helping them to work in a more co-ordinated manner.

Recent health figures have shown that Lanarkshire has the second highest rate of hospital admissions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients in the UK and the Respiratory MCN is working to reduce this level of incidence through the introduction of a whole system service for COPD across Lanarkshire, which includes: community based spirometry testing to promote early diagnosis; self-management and the redesign of Pulmonary Rehabilitation to help patients better understand and cope with their condition; and Respiratory Home Support Service which provides support to patients discharged from hospital, following admission for an exacerbation of COPD.

The Respiratory MCN is committed to working with its stakeholders, including patients, to ensure the continuous development of respiratory services in Lanarkshire, whilst ensuring the high standards of care already achieved, are maintained.