Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung condition usually caused by smoking but occasionally by genetic problems or environmental exposure. Although it cannot be cured, good treatment and care can help to prevent infections and acute exacerbations of the condition. The key to slowing the progress of the condition and staying well is to stop smoking. Please ask the GP or nurse if you would like advice or help with this.

Regular reviews are important and we recommend you have one at least once a year, when you can discuss symptoms and how to manage the condition and we can check inhalers are appropriate and being used effectively. We also have access to a Somerset COPD service who provide further assessments and advice as well as rehabilitation classes to give you confidence in keeping active and managing your breathlessness.

COPD reviews can be with any of our GPs or with some of our practice nurses – if you are new to the practice we suggest that you see a GP first.

Immunisation against Influenza (‘the ‘flu jab’) is important and it is recommended that if you have COPD you should have an annual ‘flu vaccine – please contact the surgery in September to arrange this. Information regarding the ‘flu vaccine can be found here.

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More information on Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is available on the patient.co.uk website.