COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a term for a collection of chronic diseases which affect the small airways of the lung, where airflow is obstructed and not fully reversible. These conditions include, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Our respiratory team provide a service for diagnosing COPD which includes spirometry testing, they provide support and advice on reducing risk factors such as smoking and managing the condition with medication, breathing techniques, exercise, treating infections and sputum clearance.
We invite all of our COPD patients for a review every year and more frequently if your COPD is not well controlled. Spirometry appointments are available with a specialist nurse to help with diagnosis and monitoring management.
Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccinations are recommended for patients with COPD.
Medication is tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient and may include inhalers and oral medication. Treatment follows the British Thoracic Society Guidelines.
For further information please visit NHS Choices.