An ex-smoker forced to give-up work because of a chronic lung condition has spoken of his experience testing a “life-changing” new gadget, unveiled by scientists in Leicester.

Martin Chesney has had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) for more than five years. 

The condition became so debilitating that he agreed to take part in a trial, testing a pioneering device which alerts people with COPD that they are about to suffer a life-limiting attack. 

Speaking ahead of World COPD Day on Wednesday, 15 November, 63-year-old Martin Chesney, said: “Having to give up work because of ill-health was a pretty big blow and suffering from this condition has taken its toll. I was willing to try anything to help me overcome these lung attacks, which COPD sufferers are prone to and can sometimes mean a stay in hospital. In very extreme cases suffering a lung attack can be fatal.”

The pioneering device is a very simple to use urine test that works in a similar way to a home pregnancy test and has been developed by UK company Mologic. The patient study was carried out by the test developers and the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre – a partnership betweeen Leicester’s Hospitals, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University. 

Once it becomes available the simple device, , could save the NHS at least £40 million a year by preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and the over prescribing of drugs to treat suspected attacks. 

The condition makes it hard to breathe because of narrowing airways and damage to the lungs. In the UK, three million people are living with COPD and each year the condition causes 115,000 emergency admissions to hospital and 24,000 deaths. 

The condition became so debilitating that he agreed to take part in a trial, testing a pioneering device which alerts people with COPD that they are about to suffer a life-limiting attack. 

Speaking ahead of World COPD Day on Wednesday, 15 November, 63-year-old Martin Chesney, said: “Having to give up work because of ill-health was a pretty big blow and suffering from this condition has taken its toll. I was willing to try anything to help me overcome these lung attacks, which COPD sufferers are prone to and can sometimes mean a stay in hospital. In very extreme cases suffering a lung attack can be fatal.”

The pioneering device is a very simple to use urine test that works in a similar way to a home pregnancy test and has been developed by UK company Mologic. The patient study was carried out by the test developers and the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre – a partnership betweeen Leicester’s Hospitals, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University. 

Once it becomes available the simple device, , could save the NHS at least £40 million a year by preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and the over prescribing of drugs to treat suspected attacks. 

The condition makes it hard to breathe because of narrowing airways and damage to the lungs. In the UK, three million people are living with COPD and each year the condition causes 115,000 emergency admissions to hospital and 24,000 deaths. 

Mr Chesney, of Edmondthorpe, Leicestershire, who gave up his maintenance fitter and machinist job early shortly after his diagnosis in 2012, usually suffers two lung attacks a year.

Earlier this year he tested the kit for 30 days, he said: “It is a benefit no-end as you are able to predict a possible attack, which allows you to take medicine before it becomes nasty. 

“When I have an attack it’s dreadful, I develop a really bad cough and can black-out from coughing. I can’t lie down to sleep and I often resort to sleeping downstairs in an armchair for as long as it lasts. It is very life-limiting. I look forward to the day I have this kit, which if it can prevent an attack will really be life-changing.”

The project was funded by Innovate UK which awarded the team £2 million through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). 

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