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Virtual Asthma and COPD Review Pre and Post Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual consultations became a necessity and sometimes the only way of communication between patients and their healthcare providers. At the time it was crucially important to balance the needs of patient care with the needs to protect the NHS, and through this experience a lot of lessons were learnt in terms of advantages and disadvantages of this approach.

As we now approach a future where COVID-19 is endemic within our population, virtual consultations now form an important and efficient part of normal everyday clinical practice. However, despite our experience to date there are still many outstanding questions within respiratory care, such as how to address inhaler technique or wellbeing in a remote setting, when should patient’s be seen face-to-face, and how to ensure consistency between consultations. It is therefore important that we share our learnings so far, with the ultimate aim of providing optimal respiratory patient care.

During this presentation, Dr Phyllis Murphie, whose research interest and expertise sits within the field of telehealth and virtual consultations, will provide deeper insights on how the pandemic has shaped virtual consultations and how the future might look like. She will also offer advice on when it is better to see a patient in person and what to look out for both during and after virtual consultations.

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Dr Phyllis Murphie

Role: Dr Phyllis Murphie worked as Respiratory Nurse Consultant in the Respiratory medicine department in NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland until June 2020 before becoming an independent Respiratory Nurse Consultant / Specialist Respiratory Nurse. She is Co-Lead of the Sleep Medicine Improvement Work Plan. Her interest lies within modernising Patients Pathways Programmes and within the National Centre for Sustainable Delivery.

Education: After qualifying as a Registered General Nurse, Dr Murphie became non-medical prescriber. She concluded her Master of Science and a PhD in Edinburgh on “Effectiveness of telehealthcare interventions in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Hypopnoea (OSAHS) Management.”

Research: Dr Murphie’s research interest lies within telemedicine in Respiratory Medicine particularly Sleep Apnoea Syndrome.

Membership: Dr Murphie is member of the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS), British Thoracic Society (BTS), European Respiratory Society (ERS), Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists (ARNS), International Coalition of Respiratory Nurses (ICRN).