The COPD clinic runs every Monday from 2:20 until 4:30pm, Thursday 1:30 until 3:00pm and Friday 10:20 until 12:00pm. You will be invited to attend the clinic when your review is due. You will be seen by the nurse practitioners and the nursing team.
During the appointment we will review your symptoms, inhalers and perform a breathing test called spirometry.
What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a general term which includes the conditions chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is the preferred term, but you may still hear it called chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD).
- Chronic means persistent.
- Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi (the airways of the lungs).
- Emphysema is damage to the smaller airways and air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs.
- Pulmonary means ‘affecting the lungs’.
Chronic bronchitis or emphysema can cause obstruction (narrowing) of the airways. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema commonly occur together. The term COPD is used to describe airflow obstruction due to chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.