Doctors Prescribe New Boilers To Cold Sunderland Patients – Sunderland Echo

A pilot scheme, funded by Sunderlands clinical commissioning group, has helped six people across Wearside suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A team from Gentoo carried out an energy-efficiency assessment on the properties to see what improvements could be made. The six patients involved had 63 interactions with the NHS between them, including three emergency admissions. The average spend on energy-efficient improvements during the trial was 5,000, only twice the cost of each single emergency admission to hospital. Gentoo Green director Sally Hancox said: While conditions such as COPD cant be cured, it is hoped improvements to peoples homes will not only improve quality of life and reduce the risk of fuel poverty, but may help manage the symptoms and result in less ongoing support from the NHS.
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