If you have COPD we need to see you at least once a year for a review of your symptoms and medication.To book an appointment for a COPD review, contact the surgery and ask for an COPD review appointment with our Practice Nurse and bring along your current inhalers. A spirometry test to assess your lung function will normally be carried out at your review. You will also be invited for a flu vaccination every year. If you have been admitted to hospital or attended out of hours it is important that you contact the surgery for an appointment as soon as possible.
What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) an umbrella term for people with chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both, when the airflow to the lungs is restricted (obstructed). COPD is usually caused by smoking. Symptoms include cough and breathlessness. The most important treatment is to stop smoking. Inhalers are commonly used to ease symptoms. Other treatments such as steroids, antibiotics, oxygen, and mucolytic medicines are sometimes prescribed in severe cases, or during a flare-up (exacerbation) of symptoms.