26th August 2014 – Common health questions: COPD
This is the final post in our series on common health questions.
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.
People with COPD have difficulties breathing, mainly due to the narrowing of their airways. The main cause of COPD is smoking. You can slow down the progression of the disease by stopping smoking.
- NHS Choices includes information on symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, medicines, living with COPD and prevention.
- NHS Smokefree offers information, advice and support to quit smoking.
- There is also an NHS guide to living with long term conditions and self care, Your health, your way.
National health and wellbeing charities
This charity offers online information, printed publications, a helpline, an online community and local support groups to help people living with COPD:
- British Lung Foundation – Tel 03000 030 555;
Local services and support
- Aire Valley Breathe Easy support group meets monthly at Airedale Hospital, ring 01535 654979.
- Stop smoking services are available in Bradford district, ring 01274 437700; Craven, ring 0300 303 1603; and Pendle, ring 0800 328 6297.
Audio, video and easy read
- There are 4 videos on COPD and 1 video on pulmonary rehabilitation on the NHS Choices website.
- You can buy a Living well with COPD DVD from the British Lung Foundation.
- You can translate information on the NHS Choices website using Google Translate. Look for the link in the top right hand corner.
Online tools and mobile apps
- There is an NHS decision aid for COPD, to help you choose the treatment option that is best for you.
- You can join the British Lung Foundation’s online community on Health Unlocked, to share experiences and get support.
- The NHS Choices health apps library feature trusted and safe apps to help you quit smoking.