Rotherham scheme ‘cuts deaths from lung conditions’

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Deaths from serious breathing conditions in an area of South Yorkshire are well below average after a two-year trial project, according to new figures.

Breathing Space, a community service based in Rotherham, says the number of deaths from bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the town are now 30 per cent lower than the national average.

The service – funded primarily by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust – provides rehabilitation, oxygen assessment, education and help with stopping smoking.

Respite and hospice care and support for carers is also on offer. People can access services free through the NHS.

John Miles, consultant physician at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “When we launched the two-year pilot for Breathing Space, we had no idea of the impact it would have on the health and wellbeing of our community.

“Obviously, we set out with ambitious targets, but to know we are now reporting figures that beat national averages is fantastic and testament to those who work for and continue to fund the project.”

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