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
• Reduce your COPD symptoms and risk of are-ups
• Provide education on how to manage your COPD
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.