Write to your GP about our training course on diagnosing IPF

Symptom one, Increasingly breathlessSymptom two, Persistent, dry coughSymptom three, FatiguedSymptom four, Chest sounds like velcro

Write to your GP to make them aware about the e-learning course and help improve IPF diagnosis. You can make a difference!

Top tips on writing an effective email to your GP:

1. Personalise

Personalise the below template as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to reference to how matters impact you or your loved ones emotionally or physically.

2. Be brief

1 page is perfect, size 11 font if typed.

3. Prompt action

Include a clear ask of your GP at the end of your letter.

Template

Below is a template with all you need to get you started. Copy and paste it into a new email. We’d love to hear if you have used this template, get in touch with us on info@actionpf.org to let us know!

Thank you and good luck! Together we can improve the late diagnosis of people with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis now and in the future.

Dear

I am writing to you as [a/my] GP to ask for your help and support to help diagnose the terminal lung disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).

Have you heard about the Royal College of GP’s (RCGP) free 30-minute digital training module available to all GP’s and medical professionals to help spot the signs and symptoms of progressive lung fibrosis?

This e-learning course is particularly relevant with the challenges of seeing patients face-to-face during the pandemic.  The course is free and will count towards your CPD.

Through a stethoscope, breathing for someone with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) can sound like Velcro being pulled apart. IPF can be hard to diagnose with symptoms often confused for Asthma and COPD. This is a real tragedy given that life expectancy is only 3-4 years.

Why is this important now?

Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis’s survey revealed that more than a third of people are misdiagnosed while almost half are not diagnosed within six months of visiting their GP with symptoms. This uncertainty can cause stress and anxiety for patients who don’t get the timely help they need.  

We want to change this. Take a look at the FREE training module available to all GP’s today.

Thank you.