Patients celebrate World COPD day
A group of patients in Skipton are celebrating World COPD Day by spreading the news about the exercise class they have set up in Broughton Community Centre – specifically for people with long term conditions.
The group mainly suffer from COPD and met when they attended the Airedale hospital 8 week pulmonary rehabilitation programme to help their condition. They are now continuing with their own exercise class because of the benefits they have all felt.
COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs, because the airways have been narrowed. Living with COPD makes it difficult to breathe and sufferers can find everyday tasks a challenge. The symptoms are a chronic cough, recurrent chest infections and increased shortness of breath.
Bill Robinson aged 59 from Skipton was diagnosed with COPD 5 years ago and set up the group after the hospital programme finished.
“I was diagnosed after I had trouble with my breathing – I couldn’t even walk from the house to my car. I went to the hospital classes and when it finished a few of us wanted to continue it all. It started off with four of us and we’ve built it from there. It’s much easier to do the exercises together, you’re much more likely to do it than when you’re on your own.”
The group follows exercises from the hospital programme and then finishes with tea and biscuits and a chance to catch up.
Ian McGhie lives in Skipton and has asthma and COPD. For the last 2 years he has been admitted to hospital at Christmas because of his condition:
“I’m doing the exercises and losing weight so I can help my condition. I don’t want to go into hospital at Christmas time, and this is the danger time for me, being asthmatic. I really enjoy coming to the group. We have good camaraderie, it’s not just about coming down and doing the exercises, you have a good laugh and it’s all part of it.”
The group runs sessions twice a week on Monday’s and Friday’s from 1pm to 3pm at Broughton Road Community Centre. Anyone is welcome to come along, even if they don’t have COPD.
Julie Rogerson also attends the class and says:
“This class is designed just for us which I think is really important because people with a specific illness can be frightened of going to normal exercise classes because they think it is too much for them. I’ve also got arthritis in my spine and disc problems so this class really helps both things.”
Collette Scully, Respiratory nurse specialist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“I was overjoyed when the group told me what they were planning to do and that they felt inspired by the programme to continue as the benefits of regular exercise and support from others in this group of patients is very valuable.”
The group is in need of 1kg or 2kg weights so if anyone can donate them to the group please drop them off at the community centre on a Monday or Friday.