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COPD sufferers helped at York Hospital


12:01am 16th November 2011

York Hospital is inviting people to come for a free breathing test to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) on World COPD Day, Wednesday 16th November.

A simple breathing test called 'Spirometry' screens people for COPD before they develop troublesome symptoms and gives them chance to get expert help to slow down the progression of the disease.

David Lonsdale, chief respiratory clinical physiologist at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Spirometry is a great way to check whether you have, or are prone to, respiratory disease. COPD often comes on gradually and symptoms such as cough, breathlessness and mucus production are initially mild but with increasing age become more and more severe and debilitating.

"It is linked to environment, family history and lifestyle choices. Smokers, ex-smokers and those who work with dust and chemicals have been clearly identified to be most at risk of developing COPD."

"There are an estimated 3.7 million people in the UK with COPD, yet only 900,000 people diagnosed with the disease.

"This leaves approximately 2.8 million people that are unaware they have the disease which, if left untreated, could severely restrict their lives and eventually lead to an early death.
"The good news is that the sooner people take action, the better the outcome. 

"We are urging anyone with undiagnosed breathing problems or who just want a check up to help prevent future breathing problems to come along and book a test. All tests will be carried out in a private area on a one to one basis."

Anyone concerned about developing respiratory disease can register for the free test at the World COPD Day stand just inside the hospital main entrance.

City of York Council help sufferers

City of York Council is helping residents to breathe easy next week for World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day (COPD).

The York branch of a leading COPD charity will help celebrate the day on Wednesday 16th November by donating vital equipment to York’s first exercise class for people with COPD.

New breathing measuring equipment will be donated to the class, which is a part of the council’s Heal Programme. The equipment helps to measure participants’ breathing ability before, during and after the class, therefore making the exercise more effective.

Katie Ellis, exercise pathways officer at City of York Council, who helped to set up the class, said:

“This class is the latest addition to the Heal Programme, designed to help those with a medical condition to exercise safely with the aim to improve and manage their condition”.

Emma Moore, Breath Easy class instructor and fully trained British Lung Foundation Instructor, said:

“It’s fantastic that we have this equipment, now we can start to prove that exercise really helps to manage COPD”.

David Hardy, Chairman of York’s Breathe Easy Group says:

‘We are delighted to be working with the Heal Programme to run the first community class for participants with COPD.”

The COPD exercise class is open to all adults with COPD and takes place each Wednesday from 12.15 to 1.15pm at Roko gym, Stirling Road, Clifton Moor. Anyone who is interested can simply turn up at the class. 

For more information visit http://www.york.gov.uk/leisure/sports/

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