News in Brief: Met Office to warn COPD sufferers of cold snaps

The Met Office is working with GPs' practices to target COPD patients with advice during spells of cold weather. Up to 1,000 patients at 10 practices across Cornwall will be provided with automatic telephone monitoring. When the weather forecast indicates an increased risk of illness, the patient will be automatically dialled and provided with an explanation of the expected weather conditions. Responses will then be made available to the practices.

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