What is the North West Cough Network
Nationally there are approximately six specialist cough clinics in the UK (Royal Brompton, London; King’s College Hospital, London; Hull, Leicester, Belfast and Manchester). These clinics have been established by enthusiastic individuals with specialist knowledge from their research interests in chronic cough.
Access to specialist cough services for the whole North West region are needed for patients suffering with chronic cough. Multiple investigations and treatment trials are commonly required and travelling to the Manchester cough clinic is a significant burden for patients, particularly those in the west (i.e. Liverpool) and north of the region (i.e. Lancaster).
The North West Cough Network has therefore been developed between the University Hospital of South Manchester, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, East Lancashire Hospitals and Salford Royal in order to standardise the treatment of patients with a chronic cough across the North West Region and reduce the burden of travelling for specialist treatment.