Lung disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) This lung disease is commonly known as “smoker’s lungs” because smoking is the most frequent cause of the disease.

If you have symptoms such as:

  • Breathlessness
  • Persistent cough
  • Phlegm
  • Fatigue

If you were or still are a smoker, then you may have developed COPD.

The diagnosis is made by measuring your lung capacity and taking X-rays of your lungs.

If you are diagnosed, you will be offered a course of interviews with our lung disease nurse. She will talk about the causes of the disease and what you can do to treat COPD yourself. The nurse will plan a course of therapy.

To begin with, we measure your lung capacity at three-month intervals and your nurse will review your medication. You will be asked to attend an annual examination, which includes testing your blood, urine and blood pressure and an electrocardiogram (ECG). Your GP will give you the results of these tests and together you will plan a course of therapy for the following year.