Chance to breathe more easily

Stephen Thomas of. Hartlepool LINk pictured using respiratory measuring equipment and is observed by Community lead respiratory nurse Dorothy Wood (right) and Elizabeth Carroll, patient and community liaison officer

Stephen Thomas of. Hartlepool LINk pictured using respiratory measuring equipment and is observed by Community lead respiratory nurse Dorothy Wood (right) and Elizabeth Carroll, patient and community liaison officer

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PEOPLE are being urged to breathe easy and look after their health.

Leading GP services provider IntraHealth, which has a practice at Hartfields, will be backing an event by the practice’s patient participation group to highlight the perils of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD).

The evening will look at ways to manage the chest condition, which is said to affect up to one in five people across the country.

The effects of the condition are not only felt by sufferers but also affect the lives of their families and friends.

The symptoms seriously affect a person’s quality of life and the illness accounts for over ten per cent of hospital admissions and a large number of deaths.

Health bosses want to stress that and are holding an awareness evening to give people some pointers on how to combat it.

They say that COPD can be prevented and the symptoms and progress of the condition can often be limited by taking a few simple actions.

Medical staff will tell people more about the condition itself, and advise them on how the disease may be prevented and the symptoms limited, allowing patients with the condition to improve their quality of life and also to advise carers of the support that is available in the community for themselves and the patient.

Respiratory consultant Dr Anil Trivedi and lead respiratory nurse Dorothy Wood will be at the event along with the British Lung Foundation, Breathe Easy support group, Exercise for Life GP Referral Scheme, Hartlepool LINk, health trainers, and the Smoking Cessation Service.

Dr Trivedi said: “My talk will cover an introduction of this common condition, ways to diagnose, prevent and treat it.”

The event will be held between 7pm and 9pm this tomorrow night at Hartfields Manor, at Hartfields Retirement Village, in Hartlepool.