COPD forecast alert service

As you get older you become more vulnerable to the weather

Healthy Outlook® helps people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, stay well throughout the year.

Supported by the NHS

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the collective name for a group of conditions, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Weather conditions can significantly increase the risk of ill health and hospital admissions for people who have COPD. In winter a combination of environmental factors including virus levels can make symptoms worse. In summer, extreme heat can also pose a threat.

The Met Office has created Healthy Outlook® to help people with COPD take control of their own health. We monitor environmental conditions and warn people when their health is likely to be affected, giving them the opportunity to take action to stay well.

Healthy Outlook® is a chargeable service - typically commissioned and paid for by Primary Care Trusts, then made available to GPs and patients for no additional charge.

How does it work?

PCTs using Healthy Outlook®

See which PCTs have signed up so far for Winter 2011/2012

If you opt-in to take part in the service, you will get a recorded voice call by telephone when poor environmental conditions are forecast. The call will:

  • Explain the conditions we are expecting. 

  • Refer you to a patient pack you will be sent that contains extra advice and information about how to keep yourself well.

  • Ask a couple of questions about your medication and symptoms which you answer with a 'yes' or 'no'. This information will be passed to your doctor.

The patient pack is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (traditional), English, Gujurati, Gurmukhi, Urdu and Welsh.

The calls are available in the following languages: Arabic, Cantonese, English, Gujurati, Punjabi, Sylheti and Welsh.

Healthy Outlook® has won a number of .

Mrs M, 65-year-old COPD patient, York

"I think the service is brilliant. I find it very reassuring and like to read the pack regularly"

How can you sign-up for the service?

Healthy Outlook® is delivered through local GP practices in areas where Primary Care Trusts have signed-up for the service. If you would like to receive Healthy Outlook® please contact your GP surgery to find out if it is offering the service.

How much does it cost?

Healthy Outlook® is paid for by Primary Care Trusts and, in some instances, GP practices. Individuals will not have to pay to receive the service.

Last updated: 1 December 2014