Don’t let your lung condition take control

Lung conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) account for many A&E visits and hospital admissions locally. However with the right information and access to specialist services people can learn how to manage their condition and prevent it from getting worse.

The South Lakes Community Respiratory team are hosting an informal drop-in Cough-ee morning to let the people of south Lakes know how they can improve their quality of life, stay well and manage their lung condition. Representatives from Stavely Pharmacy and the British Lung Foundation will also be at the advice session, the first of its kind locally.

Karen Donaldson, Clinical Lead & Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist for the Community Respiratory Team at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) said:

“Typically, people who are living with long term lung conditions such as Asthma, COPD, Bronchiectasis and Pulmonary Fibrosis often accept that they will be breathless, have a cough, feel tired and struggle on with day to day activities. However there are a wide range of treatments available to help reduce symptoms, improve physical ability and help people to have a better quality of life.

“We have been running education sessions as part of our pulmonary rehabilitation programme for 7 years, and the most common feedback we receive is ‘I wish I’d had this information years ago’. We really want people to come along to the cough-ee morning for a coffee and an informal chat, and find out what is available to help improve life with a lung condition”

Anyone struggling with a long term lung condition, be it yourself, a family member or friend, are welcome to join. People with lung conditions can live a happy life and with the right support and management of the condition it does not have to control your life.

The Cough-ee morning is taking place at Kendal Leisure Centre in the Lonsdale room downstairs on Tuesday the 19th of July 10am until 12noon.

Members of the public who are concerned that they may have a lung condition but have not yet been to see their GP are welcome to the event, although no diagnostics will be taking place at the cough-ee morning.

For more information about your local respiratory services, visit the CPFT website.