Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Our Practice nurse Amy Ofodile carries out the COPD reviews on an annual basis, we ask patients to bring their inhalers with them for all appointments so we can also check their inhaler techniques.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.

It includes:

  • emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
  • chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways

COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. Many people do not realise they have it.

The breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities, although treatment can help keep the condition under control.