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Implementation of Inhaler Switching Approaches in Primary Care for Asthma and COPD

In 2019, the NHS became the first healthcare system to commit to reaching net zero carbon emissions.1 Whilst the commitment to become net zero is extremely positive, achieving sustainable healthcare without compromising patient care requires careful thought and consideration. One of the key strategies to help achieve a “net zero NHS” has been to reduce the use of pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDIs) and replacing these with lower carbon footprint inhalers such as dry powder inhalers (DPIs), wherever appropriate.

In this webinar, Dr Andy Whittamore explores the practical implementation of the different approaches to inhaler device switching from the perspective of a primary care physician, with consideration of the potential consequences on patient care of each approach.

1. NHS Long Term Plan. Available at https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/nhs-long-term-plan-version-1.2.pdf

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Dr Andy Whittamore

Dr Andy Whittamore is the Clinical Lead for Asthma and Lung UK and a practising GP in Portsmouth with a special interest in respiratory medicine. He has worked as a GP for over 15 years and has a wealth of knowledge about asthma and respiratory care. He has held a range of roles driving innovation and quality improvement around asthma including working for the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK, on the Department of Health’s Respiratory Programme and on developing national guidelines on asthma.