Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Doug's Gained a New Lease of Life with Support from ICCT

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Doug's Gained a New Lease of Life with Support from ICCT

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REDCAR resident, Doug Boyes has also seen for himself the benefit of the ICCT pilot. Doug, 53, has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other long term health conditions.

Regular emergency admissions to his local hospital were a common theme to stabilise his condition, a "vicious circle" as Doug described them.

Playing a crucial role in helping Doug to take control of his health is Redcar locality community matron, Rachel Sedgwick. Rachel says that Doug has embraced support from the team and is now much more aware of how to self-care with his illness.

According to Doug, Rachel has made a "massive difference" to the quality of his life.

Rachel said: "Doug has been a fantastic patient. When I first met Doug, I carried out a full assessment of his health and social circumstances, which is really important as the two are very much linked.

"A big part of what we do is around education and empowerment.

We help support our patients to self manage; to become aware of their own individual health indicators and triggers, so they can be nipped in the bud before they deteriorate and inevitably lead to a hospital admission, which was a common issue for Doug. …

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