Find support near you and breathe easier
To mark Breathe Easy week (12-16 June) NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been encouraging those with lung conditions to join their local Breathe Easy support group.
Breathe Easy week is hosted every year by the British Lung Foundation and aims to raise awareness of lung conditions, provide support and raise funds for life changing research.
This years Breathe Easy week focused on air pollution and clean air, as air pollution such as traffic fumes, can worsen lung conditions and make breathing very difficult. Air pollution is linked to 40,000 deaths each year.
The Royal College of Physicians recommends the BREATH steps that people can take to tackle the problem of air pollution:
- Be aware of the air quality where you live
- Replace old gas appliances in your home
- Ensure you have an energy-efficient home
- Alter how you travel. Take the active travel option: bus, train, walking and cycling
- Talk to your MP
- Harness technology to stay informed and monitor air pollution effectively
Dr Stuart Berry, Respiratory Lead at NHS East Lancashire CCG, said:
“Patients with lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) already experience breathing difficulties and pollution can aggravate this further.
“Breathe Easy groups are organised by the British Lung Foundation and are a great way for people to meet up with other people who have COPD and offer peer support to one another, make new friends and receive information from health professionals. Their website has some great information to help people manage their condition and access support services such as Breathe Easy groups.”
In East Lancashire there is a Breathe Easy support group in Clitheroe which is held every first Monday of the month at Clitheroe Rugby Club. For more information and details of your nearest group, visit the British Lung Foundation website at: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/breathe-easy
For more information on living with a lung condition, visit the British Lung Foundation website at: http://www.blf.org.uk or telephone them on 03000 030 555.
East Lancashire CCG & Dr Stuart Berry have recently set up a Facebook page called ‘Lung Health East Lancs’ to help share health information and local support available for those with lung conditions such as COPD and asthma. You can like their page: @LungHealthEastLancs