9 September 2016 – Airedale’s respiratory nurses’ first inhalers on tour
Specialist respiratory nurses from Airedale Hospital’s community team are holding their first ever tour to give advice about how best to use inhalers.
Sophie Carrow and Colette Scully are holding events at Booth’s supermarket in Settle, Monday 26 September; Tesco supermarket, in Skipton Tuesday 27 September and Auction Mart in Bentham, Wednesday 28 September, all between 10 am and 2pm. If these events in Craven prove a success, the team will plan more in the Keighley area.
They will set up information stands displaying their full range of inhalers and visitors will be able to check their breath flow and that they are using their current device correctly.
The nurses are keen to speak to anyone with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or any other breathing difficulties. They will also be giving advice on other health issues related to respiratory problems such as giving up smoking and exercise programmes.
Colette, specialist respiratory nurse at Airedale NHs Foundation Trust, said: “We thought it would be a good idea to be proactive with our health care and take our services out to non-medical settings where members of our community visit regularly to make them aware of how we can help.
“Some people can be reluctant to get help as they don’t want to trouble their doctor. We also know that many patients forget good techniques for using inhalers within just a few months and the result is they become less effective.
“Or it could be that a different device suits them better and if they bring along their own device we can let them have a go with alternatives.”