National Services - COPD

The information shown below is specific to this long term health condition.

For additional important general information, please refer to the “Self Care and Support section.”

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Shropshire CCG - National Services - Self Care and Support

NHS Choices

The National Health Service (NHS) works to provide health care for everyone in the UK.

NHS Choices is the main patient focused web site and provides a vast amount of health information, recent news and videos.

NHS Choices - COPD

This provides an overview of COPD with links to additional information. It also includes a short video on COPD by a respiratory (breathing) consultant.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - COPD

NHS Choices - Pulmonary rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation can involve group exercise classes and information on living with COPD, the medications used to manage COPD and treat flare-ups. It can also offer emotional support.

A respiratory (breathing) nurse specialist and a patient explain pulmonary rehabilitation and how exercise can improve the symptoms of COPD.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - Pulmonary rehabilitation

NHS Choices - Patients share their experiences

People tell their stories about life with a long-term health condition and how they cope.

With COPD real story, a patient with COPD explains what it is like living with the condition.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

COPD real story

Separately, there are several videos covering different conditions/themes. One is on Managing COPD.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Managing COPD

Also, in the box called “Long Term Conditions - Watch Their Stories” there are further videos. Click on each face to see a video, with one called “COPD - Managing through a care plan”.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Long Term Conditions - Watch Their Stories – COPD - Managing through a care plan

NHS Choices - COPD: the Eden walking group

The Walking for Health group at the Eden Project has been running for over five years.

Regular exercise is a key factor in maintaining quality of life and slowing down the deterioration of conditions such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

COPD patients and their carers talk about how walking at Eden has helped them.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

NHS Choices - COPD: the Eden walking group

NHS England - Look after yourself this winter

NHS England oversees the budget, planning, delivery and day-to-day operation of the commissioning side of the NHS in England.

There is advice to particularly take care during the winter for those with respiratory (breathing) conditions, the elderly and the most vulnerable and to have self-management plans in place.

For more information, click on the web links below to take you to the web site page:

NHS England - Look after yourself this winter

British Lung Foundation

This will help those with a lung condition looking for information and carers looking for support. You can find information about lung health and there is a Helpline for more information and support.

It includes help information on local Breathe Easy groups and help to stop smoking.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

British Lung Foundation

British Lung Foundation - COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

This information is for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), their families, friends and carers.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

British Lung Foundation - COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

British Lung Foundation - Self-management tools

Various COPD self-management tools designed to give you vital information.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

British Lung Foundation - Self-management tools

British Lung Foundation - Living with COPD booklet

Advice and information about COPD, including what the symptoms are, how it can be treated and what steps you can take to manage your condition and look after yourself.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

British Lung Foundation - Living with COPD booklet

British Lung Foundation - Breathlessness booklet

This explains what to do if you are concerned about getting out of breath.

Everyone feels out of breath at some time. This information is for people who are breathless and want to find out more. It explains the possible causes of breathlessness and focuses on daily long-term, or chronic breathlessness.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

British Lung Foundation - Breathlessness booklet

British Lung Foundation - pulmonary rehabilitation

When you have a lung condition, it is important to be as active as you can and to exercise safely.

In some parts of the UK, you can attend pulmonary rehabilitation. This includes an exercise programme that helps with breathlessness by improving your muscle strength and lung fitness to make it easier for you to carry out everyday activities.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

British Lung Foundation – pulmonary rehabilitation

British Lung Foundation – Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy is part of the British Lung Foundation and are local support groups around the country for those with lung disease, long term associated illnesses and their carers.

These are listed on the website.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

British Lung Foundation – Breathe Easy

Patient.co.uk - COPD

Patient.co.uk is a UK health site and contains many health information leaflets, videos and discussion forums.

The COPD section provides an overview of COPD with links to additional information.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Patient.co.uk - COPD

 

Relevant Topics

 

COPD

What is COPD?

Treatment for COPD

Living with COPD

Services for COPD

Shropshire Services & Self-Help Support Groups - COPD

National Services - COPD

 

Self Care and Support

Self Care and Support - Introduction