I primarily care for patients with chronic and often frightening breathlessness and much of my work I work as an advanced respiratory nurse practitioner for a group of GP practices (Main Practice Shipley Medical Centre) and have worked with NARA for the last 5 years. I primarily care for patients with chronic and often frightening breathlessness and much of my work is in reducing the symptoms of severe breathlessness. NARA provide medical equipment to my patients which helps in reducing those symptoms and allows me to provide a management plan for breathlessness using medical equipment of high quality that the patients know has a
helpline for if anything happens. This gives them reassurance and peace of mind.
Prior to using NARA, my patients bought their own equipment, often at a high cost, with no guarantees that it would do what they wanted it to do. In addition there was no way of maintaining the equipment, so I could not guarantee that it would work when they most needed it and if it broke down they could be left weeks while they found the money to buy a new one and get it delivered. I recently referred a gentleman with advanced lung disease who’d had many admissions to hospital because he didn’t know what to do when he got most breathless. He and his wife found this very frightening and had no choice but to ring an ambulance. He was often only kept in for a few hours before being discharged home after a frightening experience. I referred him to NARA for a nebuliser and wrote him a management plan explaining what to do in the event of severe breathlessness and when to use a nebuliser. He received the equipment and has not been admitted to hospital since. He and his wife feel reassured by having the nebuliser but also by the reassurance that if it breaks down they have someone who can help them whenever it is.
Many thanks, Rob.