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The Coronavirus pandemic has created a challenging environment for the delivery of care to patients with respiratory disease.

This edition sees a focus on antibiotics – a hardy perennial topic that requires regular re-visitation. Whether for respiratory infections or as part of rescue pack use, the practical guidance given, together with the views of patients, aims to support your decision-making in practice.

Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are a group of bacteria that are capable of causing opportunistic lung infections and the development of NTM pulmonary disease (NTM-PD).

This issue of PCRU introduces our latest pragmatic guide on severe asthma which guides you through this process ensuring the right patients end up in the right place with the right care.

Historically, clinical decision rules have been used to guide antibiotic prescribing for patients presenting with signs and symptoms that indicate possible RTIs or infectious exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (IE-COPD).

This 'Get Winter Wrapped' issue focuses on the twin challenges of winter pressures and coping with COVID-19.  

PCRS have issued a position statement on strategies to care for patients with respiratory disease and frailty in the community setting. Frailty is thought to affect around 10% of those aged over 65 years and up to half of those aged over 85 years.

Point-of-care testing of C-reactive protein (CRP) for the acute assessment of worsening symptoms in people known to have COPD can safely reduce the use of antibiotics and could help improve the diagnostic approach towards someone presenting in such a crisis.

What you need to know about flu vaccination In this article, originally writen by Gail Miles, published in 2018 and updated in 2020 by Ren Lawlor, we discuss the benefits of influenza vaccination, why we need to undertake this every year, who is eligible, which vaccines to use and dispe

NICE has issued new rapid guidance on caring for patients in the community with severe asthma and adults with suspected or confirmed pneumonia.

A video has been produced by Dr Katherine Hickman, Respiratory Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate and a GP in Bradford, about managing stable COPD and asthma patients over the phone.

The Coronavirus pandemic is creating a particularly challenging environment for primary, community and integrated teams to deliver care to patients with respiratory disease. The situation is evolving creating constant change.

The Coronavirus pandemic is creating a particularly challenging environment for primary, community and integrated teams to deliver care to patients with respiratory disease.