A breath of fresh air into awareness day

Posted: November 10 2015

People can breathe a sigh of relief with various activities to test their lungs.

A breath of fresh air into awareness day

As part of World COPD Day - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – staff from Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust’s respiratory team will join others to raise awareness.

On Wednesday November 18, events will take place in the Laura Trott Leisure Centre, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Millie Fasakin, Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist, said: “We will be offering free lung function tests, can check your oxygen levels and inhaler techniques, offer smoking cessation advice and provide you with information about flu jabs. 

“There will also be the opportunity for people to discuss any concerns they have with members of the respiratory team.”

COPD is a condition where the airways become inflamed and the air sacs in the lungs are damaged. This causes narrowing of the airways and makes it harder to breathe. The rehabilitation team aims to improve peoples’ quality of life through education and exercise.

Millie said: “In addition to our events on the day, the local Breathe Easy Support Group will have a stand with information about lung conditions and there will be a pulmonary rehabilitation exercise demonstration taking place with help and advice on how to stay as fit and healthy as possible. The Mayor of Broxbourne is also expected to attend.”

The national theme for this year’s awareness day is ‘it’s not too late’.

It is estimated that there are more than two-million people living with COPD in the UK who haven’t been diagnosed.

Anyone who suffers with the following are encouraged to drop-in on the day:

  • Breathlessness
  • A cough
  • Are a previous or current smoker
  • Are concerned you may have a lung condition.

For more information about COPD, contact the rehabilitation team on (01462) 478783.

If you are a journalist or media representative requiring further information contact our communications team on (01707) 388148 or via communications@hct.nhs.uk