Important message on COPD day

Manning the stall are (l-r) Maureen Rhind, Karen McColl, Ann McColl, Isobel Ramsey, John Ramsey and Moir McColl.
Manning the stall are (l-r) Maureen Rhind, Karen McColl, Ann McColl, Isobel Ramsey, John Ramsey and Moir McColl.

A GROUP that promotes awareness of lung disease held a stall in Wishaw General Hospital recently.

The Clyde Valley Breathe Easy Group held a tombola and information stall to raise awareness of World COPD Day.

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a term used to describe a number of conditions including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Sandra Watson, a respiratory nurse at the hospital, said: “Early diagnosis of COPD is vital as it allows patients to take steps to slow down the progression of the disease and live healthy lives for longer.

“It also helps reduce the chances of emergency care from their GP or the need for hospital admission.

“Unfortunately, not enough patients are diagnosed early enough which is why we’re keen to promote World COPD day”

The signs of COPD are cough, phlegm and shortness of breath. Some may only notice these symptoms in winter or put them down to bronchitis or ‘smoker’s cough’ which means they may not seek help at an early stage of the disease.

The Clyde Valley group meets on the first Thursday of every month in Wishawhill Community Centre from 1-3pm. To find out more call Ann McColl 07548 666338.