Supporting World COPD Day


Supporting World COPD Day The Western Trust is delighted to support World chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) day (15 November 2017), by launching its new respiratory services directory and highlighting respiratory services. 

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is the name used to describe a number of conditions affecting the lungs including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

The respiratory services directory will be available for patients in the Western Trust area living with respiratory conditions.  The directory includes the contact details of organisations that offer services for those with respiratory conditions to help patients manage their long term condition. This is now available at Respiratory Services and also from your local Community Respiratory Team.

Dr Rose Sharkey, Lead Respiratory Consultant for the Western Trust said: “In the Western Trust area there are 7,272 people living with COPD and we want to ensure our patients are supported and given the correct information and resources to manage their long term condition. Often it can be difficult to breathe with COPD and patients often find everyday tasks a challenge but with the right support, it is possible to have a good quality of life living COPD.”

She continued: “The directory is one of the information resources developed by our highly experienced multidisciplinary teams, based at Altnagelvin, Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex and South West Acute hospitals in partnership with the Health Improvement and Equality and Involvement Teams  It aims to improve patient care, education and advice on self-management to patients and their families. It will also be very useful to health professionals including GPs to access the specific respiratory services available in the Trust.”

Highlighting Respiratory Services in the Western Trust Breige Leonard, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Nurse said: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a community based programme of exercise and education for people living with a long term lung condition. It is the king of therapies for COPD. It helps you breathe better, walk further and feel better and does not involve medication. It will also help increase patients confidence and improve knowledge and understanding of living with a long term lung condition.”

Briege continued: “The pulmonary rehab team is working at the moment on ways to improve both access and uptake of the therapy. Our aim is to raise the profile of Pulmonary Rehabilitation and get the message out there to potential participants and healthcare workers to refer into the service. In-doing so we have designed a poster in collaboration with our patients which will be on display in all GP surgeries waiting areas and outpatient waiting areas. We are hoping this will prompt patients to ask about pulmonary rehabilitation and also make it easier for referrers to convince patients that attending pulmonary rehabilitation is really beneficial for their overall health and treatment of their lung condition.

“If you have would like to more information please contact your GP or Practice Nurse.”

For further information contact: Pulmonary Rehabilitation Nurse, South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen on 028 6638 2263 or Altnagelvin Hospital on 028 7161 1361.

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