Respiratory health


Content last reviewed: 19 September 2015

The Department of Health has published ‘Living Well for Longer’, 2013, which is about reducing avoidable, premature deaths caused by the big killer diseases.  This includes lung disease.  ‘Premature death’ is under 75 years of age and it is intended that in England, premature death rates will become the lowest amongst our European peers.  It has been shown that we have a long way to go.  The Longer Lives web-site compares overall and specific disease premature death from similarly deprived local authorities.  It shows that Central Bedfordshire was 10th out of 14 for premature death caused by lung disease compared to similar councils and 22nd of 149 of local authorities overall (1 is the best, 2011-13).

Influenza, pneumonia and COPD are the main reason for emergency admissions in the over 65s for ambulatory care sensitive conditions.  These are conditions for which it is possible to prevent acute exacerbations and reduce the need for hospital admission through active management, such as vaccination; better self-management, disease management or case management; or lifestyle interventions.

There are two main conditions affecting the respiratory tract: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma.

Last updated Friday, 22nd April 2016