Special information events are being held in Northamptonshire for people suffering with chronic breathing problems.
A series of events are being put on in Kettering and Wellingborough during October for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – known as COPD.
With good support people are able to maintain a better quality of lifeSimon Lee
COPD is a condition that results from chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema in which a person’s airways are obstructed leading to chronic breathing difficulties and a greater susceptibility to chest infections.
It varies considerably from mild to very severe – and can result in admissions to hospital and severe disability.
Often the condition can remain undiagnosed until its later stages, therefore early diagnosis is very important.
The events are designed to raise awareness of COPD and to offer on the spot advice to those currently diagnosed with the condition.
Simon Lee is the lead nurse for the ROCKET (Respiratory Outreach COPD in Kettering) team based at Kettering Hospital which supports patients with the illness.
He said: “On the day we will have specialist nurses and physiotherapists who will be able to discuss individual symptoms and advise people on how to seek further specialist support and diagnosis.
“COPD affects about 12,000 people in Northamptonshire and it is a growing problem across the country – with many people remaining undiagnosed, and therefore untreated.
“COPD is a long term condition, which can’t be cured, so it is important to manage symptoms well to reduce the disease’s progression and to minimise occasions when it ‘flares up’.
“With good support people are able to maintain a better quality of life.”
The stands will be in the Newlands Centre in Kettering on Friday, October 2.
They will then be in the Swansgate Centre in Wellingborough on Friday, October 16, and Friday, October 23.
All of the events are from 10am to 3pm.
The event is being sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, and Nene Clinical Commissioning Group and being supported by the Kettering and Wellingborough Airways patient support groups.
The information stands will have information on the condition, its treatment and the role of community support teams such as the ROCKET team at Kettering Hospital.
There will also be advice on offer from the county’s smoking cessation service.