Working for a medical assistance company
Dr Mark Levy has worked with the Met Office to develop an early warning system for patients with COPD.
The system alerts GPs up to two weeks in advance of cold, wet weather that can cause symptoms to worsen – allowing them to provide patients with steroids and antibiotics.
Dr Levy, a GP in Kenton, Harrow, has overseen trials in
20 PCTs with positive results so far.
One practice has cut its admissions for COPD from 14 in 2003/4 to two in 2004/5.Dr Levy, a clinical research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, said: ‘We're almost there and it's very exciting. The end result should be a reduction in hospital admissions.'