Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people who are suffering from lung disease such as asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), to attend a free talk where they can learn how best to manage their condition.

The Trust’s community COPD and oxygen team will be offering some advice and guidance on recognising signs of COPD flare-ups, seeking help at the right time, and the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation for those living with lung disease.

People with lung conditions may also have lower levels of oxygen in their blood, resulting in breathlessness and tiredness.

The team will be introducing attendees to how home oxygen therapy can help, the assessment process to determine when and how this form of therapy should be used, as well as the safety and practical considerations for different home oxygen equipment.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a pulmonary rehabilitation taster session and check out a range of portable oxygen equipment. They are also encouraged to bring along their inhalers, as the team will be demonstrating how to use them effectively.

This will be followed by a Q&A session about lifestyle factors that affect how people breathe.

Commenting on the importance of breathing well, Amanda Horton, lead speaker and community COPD clinical lead at the Trust said: “Lung diseases, such as COPD makes breathing increasingly more difficult, and it develops slowly over many years so you may not be aware you have it at first. Most people with COPD don’t have any noticeable symptoms until they reach their late 40s or 50s.

“By having a conversation with our local community, we hope to raise awareness about the symptoms of lung disease, and how our pulmonary rehabilitation services can help people manage their condition in their homes, whilst maintaining their independence.”

The free talk will be held at 6.00pm on Thursday, 13 June in the Academy at The Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon. Refreshments will be provided, for a small donation to Brighter Futures, the Trust’s fundraising charity.

Anyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to register in advance.

 

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