Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases. It makes it difficult to breathe. There are two main forms of COPD:

Chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus.
Emphysema, is a destructive condition of the lungs over time which causes cavities (bullae) to form in the lungs.

Most people with COPD have a combination of both conditions.

Please stop smoking as this reduces the rate of progression !


Assessing COPD

What symptoms do you have ?


If your MRC score is 3 or more you will be offered pulmonary rehabilitation –

Pulmonary Rehabilitationmore information


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Type Of Medicines and inhalers for COPD
















Other lung disease

In the UK, the british thoracic association is a reputable body that gives advice to professionals such as GPs and nurses. They also provide information and links not just to asthma and copd issues but to a whole range of lung conditions including occupational exposure,cancer Please click on this link

Other Useful Links

NHS Choices
Guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and risks of COPD from the NHS

COPD Factsheet
This factsheet is for people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or who would like information about it.

British Lung Foundation
Information and guidance on living with COPD

Videos of Inhaler techniques by our clinical commissioning group

All inhaler related videos

Pressurised metered device link

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