Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

If you have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) you will be invited for an annual review with the Practice Nurse. During these reviews the Nurse Practitioner will discuss your symptoms, check your inhaler technique, and optimize your treatment. Spirometry will often be carried out during this appointment, for more information  click hereThis appointment will usually last around 20 minutes.

When it's time for you to have a review, you could complete a review online before your appointment. You can also check your own inhaler technique by watching  these videos .  


If you smoke, stopping is the most effective way to prevent COPD from getting worse. Help is available here

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a specialist program of exercise and education designed to help people with COPD. It is the one thing that makes the biggest difference to the quality of life of those with COPD. If you would like to learn more about this, discuss the matter with the Practice Nurse during your appointment. More information can be found here

Sustainability within healthcare is a crucial priority, and in Bron-y-Garn we are exploring how we could help improve the environment. Starting to recycle your inhalers by taking them to pharmacies that support the  Complete The Cycle  project is a very easy change to make. There is one type of respirator that accounts for a large proportion of the NHS carbon footprint, the Metered Dose Respirator. The simple step of replacing this type of respirator, when appropriate, with a Dry Powder Respirator could be of significant benefit to the environment.



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