Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Advice
What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. The main symptom of COPD is an inability to breathe in and out properly. This is also referred to as airflow obstruction.
Currently we are calling our patients for telephone review appointment with our Specialist Nurse. In order to help with this we would like to gather information about how well controlled your COPD is in advance of the appointment. We will send a questionnaire via text message (accuRx) and would be grateful if you could take the time to complete. If you do not have a smart phone, you can complete the questionnaire below.
If your symptoms are deteriorating or you are concerned about your breathing please contact the Surgery by phone for further advice.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a programme delivered by Physiotherapists, Nurses and Occupational Therapists. It is made up of a tailored exercise programme alongside delivery of information and advice on managing your symptoms.
There is good evidence that Pulmonary Rehabilitation improves breathlessness and improves exercise tolerance in patients with COPD.
During the COVID pandemic, access to Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes has become more restricted. There are, however, online resources and programmes which can be found here which can enable you to carry out Pulmonary Rehabilitation at home,