Chronic Disease Monitoring follows the progress of a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.
Also known as COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) people suffering from this have trouble breathing in and out. This is referred to as airflow obstruction.
Breathing difficulties are caused by long-term damage to the lungs, usually because of smoking.
At the surgery we regularly monitor patients with COPD and provide an action plan to assist and help you to relieve your symptoms. Patients with COPD should be seen at least once a year for a check up with our specialist nurse. Please when booking for your annual review mention that it is for a COPD review.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Relieve your symptoms and Stop Smoking - Smoke Free
Quit smoking - Quit.org
COPD explained - NHS Choices
Videos from NHS Choices:
COPD (bronchitis and emphysema) affects an estimated three million people in the UK, and smoking is a major cause. There is a lot that can be done to relieve the symptoms and improve your quality of life.
A respiratory nurse specialist and patients explain pulmonary rehabilitation, and how exercise can improve the symptoms of COPD.
Lynn Ashton, 46, inhaled toxic fumes when a candle set fire to her plastic tablecloth. She was already asthmatic, and a few months later was diagnosed with COPD. She talks about living with the condition.