Special sessions for those with COPD

THOSE affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are being invited to a new group specially designed for them.

A series of COPD self-management education sessions are to be held in different venues across Lanarkshire starting in Bellshill Cultural Centre, John Street, from Tuesday (August 21).

The informal sessions, which will last up to two hours, will allow people affected by COPD to pop along to find out more about their condition and get advice on how to manage it.

Those who attend will also be able to pick up some tips on how to control their breathlessness, as well as get the opportunity to ask a specialist healthcare professional any questions they may have.

The sessions are also open to family members and carers of COPD sufferers to attend and ask questions.

They are organised by NHS Lanarkshire’s respiratory managed clinical network (MCN) and they follow a successful pilot in East Kilbride last year.

Karon Carson, NHS Lanarkshire lead respiratory nurse specialist, who will led the sessions, said: “The pilot proved to be a great success and I hope those with COPD concerns will take the time to come to the session in their area.

“It’ll be informal and relaxed and is aimed at helping people to have a better understanding of their condition allowing them to manage their disease, control their symptoms, stay healthy and have an improved quality of life.”

The first COPD self-management and education session will be held from 1 to 3pm from Tuesday in the Bellshill Cultural Centre, John Street.

For more information or to book a place contact Andrea Harrison on 01355 585186.