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Weather scheme helps lung condition

11th August 2008

A Met Office scheme which alerts people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when poor weather may occur has decreased hospital admissions "by a fifth".

Over 8,000 patients across the country registered for the scheme. Wayne Elliott, the head of the Met Office forecasting team, said: "If there is a cold snap coming, patients can get their shopping in beforehand, or contact their doctors and get their prescription early so they are not exposed to the low temperatures."


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