Feno Testing

My local GP federation with the support of SC & VR CCGs has purchased FENO machines from Circassia for all the practices who want one.

Interestingly our local hospital doesn’t currently offer a FENO service despite NICE guidance suggesting it should be used in the diagnosis and management of patients with asthma.

The CCG funded it on the back of a business case that it should pay for itself in helping clinicians and patients be confident to step down treatment if well controlled and to not prescribe treatment for patients who aren’t asthmatic.

Early indications are this is the case and anecdotal feedback from practice nurses dealing with asthma is they are loving the kit. Its easy to use – gives reliable readings and after some initial training issues they are seeing the use of it and it has indeed helped in their managment.