COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The term ‘COPD’ is mostly used by doctors to mean chronic bronchitis or emphysema. COPD affects your breathing in a slightly different way to asthma, but the symptoms are treatable with the same types of inhalers that asthmatics use.
If you have been told you have COPD then you should ideally be seen at least once a year at the surgery for an annual review of your symptoms and inhalers. You will also be invited to have a flu jab very year.
If you are due a COPD review then please book a double appointment with Judith Mandale or Lynn Lancaster, our respiratory nurses. They will ask you about how you use your inhalers, and will do a test called spirometry to see how well your lungs are working.
If any changes are needed to be made it will be explained to you, and a management plan for your COPD will be written down for you to take away.
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