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Free inhaler masterclasses in Ashford and Canterbury

User AvatarPosted by Alex McNally at 12/09/2017 11:00:54

People with asthma and COPD are being offered a helping hand at inhaler workshops being held this month.

The free, drop-in sessions will be led by specialist nurses who will be able to give tips on how to make the most of your medication and manage your condition.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic asthma.

Sheilagh McCrossan, lead respiratory nurse specialist for east Kent, said: “It is really important to have a good inhaler technique as using your inhaler correctly can help you manage your condition better. This means you are in control of your condition rather than letting it control you.

“An inhaler is the most common and effective way of taking respiratory medicine but many people don’t use their inhaler in the right way, which means they aren’t getting the medication they need and their condition can get worse.

“Children and adults are welcome to come along to our workshop. It will take just a couple of minutes to help you stay on top of your asthma or COPD. This is especially important as we move into colder weather.”

Sheilagh is part of Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust’s specialist respiratory nursing service. This supports patients with respiratory diseases such as asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, bronchiectasis and interstitial lung diseases.

Specialists from the team offer oxygen assessments, therapy, medication review and education to empower patients to manage their conditions at home, to reduce exacerbations and unnecessary trips to hospital.

Dr Simon Dunn, Chair of NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It is important that people of all ages manage asthma and COPD. With children, there is a rise in the number of them being seen at hospital for asthma in the autumn term. We need your help to reduce these admissions.

“There are some simple things that can be done to reduce the chance of an attack and checking that you are using your medication properly is one of them.

“I would encourage all asthmatics to go for their annual asthma review at their GP practice as well.  If your child suffers with asthma, it’s particularly important that they wrap up well and use a scarf over their mouth in cold weather, as cold air can sometimes trigger an attack.”

The sessions are:

10am to 1pm
Wednesday 20 September
Ashford Gateway Plus, Church Road, Ashford

1pm to 5pm
Wednesday 27 September
Augustine House atrium, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury
For those who can’t make it, Asthma UK has tips on techniques available on its website.