Tomorrow, Wednesday 21 November 2018, is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day. Awareness raising activities will be set up in the main reception of Glenfield hospital on the day and hosted by the COPD Specialist Nurses, local support group Breathe Easy and a family from Leicestershire.
The family are aiming to raise money and awareness through their charity ‘A Breath of Fresh Air.’ They are setting up the charity after Jackie Kind died of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in March 2018 having been treated at Glenfield hospital for several years.
Jackie’s husband Ian Kind, of Sileby said: “The staff and care were wonderful at Glenfield Hospital. We want to give something back and support patients. We want to help Jackie’s legacy live on and say thank you to Glenfield Hospital for their support.”
Unique pilot project launch
To mark COPD awareness day Leicester’s Hospitals, ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ and ‘Breathe Easy’ will launch a unique pilot project called ‘Breath-in-a-bag’. This will provide hospital COPD patients with a resource bag on discharge to help them cope with breathlessness.
Lisa Clinch, Senior COPD Nurse at Glenfield Hospital, said: “We want to help our patients with COPD to have the advice and tools they need in one handy bag so that they feel able to help themselves when they are breathless. This has been a collaborative project and the amazing support of our local charities has helped us to buy printed bags and hand-held fans.”
The COPD Nurses and pharmacist, Anna Murphy, at Glenfield Hospital, as well as the community respiratory nurses will be evaluating its use over the next few months, and hope to extend the project if patients find it useful.
COPD, which kills about 30,000 people in the UK each year, is a condition that affects breathing. The disease is most likely to happen in people over 35 years old who have smoked. Exposure to dust, fumes, chemicals or air pollution can also damage the lungs. As well as treating patients for worsening symptoms and infection, the team at Glenfield Hospital encourages patients to stop smoking to avoid further lung damage. They provide ‘pulmonary rehabilitation’, which is a six-week programme of exercises proven to reduce breathlessness, increase knowledge and skills, and to help individuals to cope with their disease and live well.
Glenfield Hospital is a leading centre of research into COPD and asks patients to volunteer for projects that hope to increase understanding and treatment of the disease. Jackie Kind volunteered for a research project with Professor Michael Steiner in the hope of helping future sufferers. With the help of the charity founded in her memory, her wish to help other COPD patients will continue.