Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that affects the lungs and airways, causing breathing difficulties.
- COPD includes conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, certain types of bronchiectasis and, sometimes, asthma.
- The main cause of COPD is ongoing contact with substances that irritate and damage the lungs, most often through smoking.
- Symptoms tend to start slowly over a few years, so many people may have COPD but not realise it. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, ongoing cough and coughing up phlegm or mucus.
- People with COPD are at risk of getting chest infections and COPD is a common cause of hospital admissions.
- There is no cure for COPD,but there are things one can do to improve your symptoms and breathe more easily, such as quitting smoking, using prescribed inhaler medicines and being up to date with one's vaccinations.
Green Bay Medical Centre has a designated nurse clinic for annual COPD review usually on a Thursday morning, at 11:00 am and 11:30 am nurse appointments (half hour appointment for each patient).
Pilar Boyle is our designated COPD nurse who will assist you to better understand your COPD, how it affects your well-being and address any concern or questions you may have.
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