COPD Information

Our goal is to help you to manage your condition well and to minimise the impact of the condition as far as possible. 
 
The best way to help you is to review your COPD with you at least once a year and to plan your care with you, including what to do when the condition flares up.
Please click here to view a patient and clinicians perspective on COPD
 
What is COPD?

 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because the airways have become narrowed. For further information, please visit the NHS Website 

COPD usually develops because of long-term damage to your lungs from breathing in a harmful substance, usually cigarette smoke, as well as smoke from other sources and air pollution. Jobs where people are exposed to dust, fumes and chemicals can also contribute to developing COPD. Some people have a genetic disposition to developing COPD earlier in adult life

 

How to look after yourself

 

  • Keep active and taking part in pulmonary rehabilitation classes
  • learning how to control your breathing
  • eating well and keeping a healthy weight
  • taking care of your emotional wellbeing
  • use your inhalers as agreed with your nurse or GP, make sure you have the right inhalers, that you can use them effectively and that you don’t run out
  • if you smoke – get help to stop smoking at Mid sussex wellbeing
  • have your care plan avaliable for when your condition flares up.
  • For help with your breathing - visit right breathe

We understand exercising when you have COPD can prove more difficult. Please visit YouTube for some chair exercise tips!

If you wish to have a look at our group consultations page. Please click here

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Other Resources

 

Healthy Living

 

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a programme of exercise and education for people with a long-term lung condition https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/keep-active/pulmonary-rehabilitation.
 
We know that people who engage in pulmonary rehabilitation classes generally do better than people who don’t. We want to continue to support you as much as we can and would like to set you up with access to myCOPD.  myCOPD is a powerful self-management tool, that can be accessed online and can: 
 
• Help you to improve your inhaler technique
• Reduce your COPD symptoms and risk of are-ups
• Provide education on how to manage your COPD
 
It is easy to use and can be accessed on almost any device that connects to the internet, including smart-phones, laptops, tablets, and even smart TVs. https://mymhealth.com/mycopd
 
We strongly encourage you to take full advantage of this opportunity to access MyCOPD and use this tool to take control and improve your self-management of your COPD. 
 
If you would like access please reply to hsccg.moatfield.surgery@nhs.net for the attention of Laura Ireland with your email address, we will then register you on the App and you will receive an email from my mhealth with instructions on how to set- up your account. 
 
 

 

 

 

We can now offer you free access to myCOPD App, with online education and pulmonary rehab. Please click here to find out more information and contact the Surgery for secure set up.

Revised 20/12/23