PORTOBELLO AND CONAN DOYLE SURGERIES

Conan Doyle Medical Centre,

4 Nether Liberton Lane, Edinburgh. EH16 5TY Tel: 0131 666 5160

 

Portobello Surgery,

265 Portobello High Street,Edinburgh. EH15 2AW    TEL: 0131 669 8406

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Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COPD) is the name used to describe various conditions where people have difficulty breathing because of long-term (chronic) damage to their lungs. The airways in the lungs become narrower and make it harder for air to flow in and out of the lungs. In the past it may have been described as chronic bronchitis or emphysema. There are several causes including exposure to fumes and pollution, but the most common cause is smoking.

COPD is characterised by breathlessness, which is progressive. Other common symptoms are cough, wheeze and sputum production. The best way to reduce this rate of progression is to stop smoking. The Practice offers support to achieve this as do the NHS through classes in the local area.

Smoking cessation link

Our COPD Nurse offers a COPD management review annually. This review appointment will last around 30 minutes, so please remember to tell the receptionist when you phone to make your appointment that it is for a COPD or respiratory review.

Many COPD treatments are similar to those used for asthma but there are also some specific to COPD. The nurse will check how effective you feel your treatments are and she will check your inhaler technique, so please bring along all the inhalers and spacers you are currently using to the review. You will be assessed for your level of breathlessness. Your breathing and lung function will be checked and measured using a spirometer. Your weight will be checked and exercise is also positively encouraged as it helps to improve your breathing and strengthen muscles, which will make everyday activities less tiring.

We encourage patients to try and manage their COPD at home without too much medical intervention. The nurse will discuss your self management and give you a self management plan to keep at home.

link to SMP

Further information can be accessed via:

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-leaflet

http://www.chss.org.uk/publications/documents/Chest/C1_Living_with_COPD.pdf

http://www.blf.org.uk/Home

 

 

COPD Review