People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at increased risk from coronavirus.

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) has developed COPD admission and discharge care bundles with the aim of improving care, helping patients manage their condition at home, and reducing readmissions.

Acute hospital trusts are being encouraged to deliver all appropriate elements of the COPD discharge care bundle for patients admitted to hospital with COPD. The National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes (NatPatSIPs) have been supporting trusts to adopt the care bundle, through the 15 Patient Safety Collaboratives (PSCs) in England, hosted by Academic Health Science Networks.

While the current focus on COVID-19 continues, PSCs are temporarily pausing work to actively promote the COPD discharge bundle. However, they will remain available to provide any support that organisations require. You can find details of your local Patient Safety Collaborative here.


Organisations providing updates during COVID-19

British Thoracic Society (BTS): regularly updated guidance on a range of conditions, including advice for managing patients in acute care, community settings and primary care.

European Respiratory Society (ERS): up-to-date information and resources including a daily round-up and community forum.

British Lung Foundation: advice and support for patients

Asthma UK: advice and support for patients


Follow this link for more information on patient safety during COVID-19.