Smoking Related Diseases Set To Rise

Hospital admissions for lung disease and other smoking-related disorders are expected to rise by up to a quarter in some areas of the South Coast by 2020, according to new research.

The study by Experian Public Sector and the British Lung Foundation shows the Isle of Wight will see a rise of at least 16% in admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and a rise of 25.1% for admissions for lung disease. The figures are among the most worrying in the country.

The research also predicts that by 2015, Southampton will have the highest cost of COPD admissions per thousand head of population (£10,643), which adds up to an overall cost of more than £2.5 million in treatment of COPD.

Emily Sparks, director of health at Experian Public Sector, said the research shows that PCTs will have to adjust their budgets accordingly.

She said: “Our research highlights dramatic differences in predicted rates and associated treatment costs for a range of lung diseases across the country.

“This underlines the importance of understanding how healthcare provision needs to be tailored to local communities.”

Katherine Leach, head of national projects at the British Lung Foundation, said: “We are urging primary care trusts in retirement hotspots to adopt the recommendations set out in the Government's recently published Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease outcomes strategy to help reduce admissions.

“The British Lung Foundation is working to support primary care trusts by offering lung function testing events in their area and by providing self-management plans to help patients better manage their own condition.”

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