COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because the airways have become narrowed.

What does COPD stand for?

  • Chronic = it’s a long-term condition and does not go away
  • Obstructive = your airways are narrowed, so it’s harder to breathe out quickly and air gets trapped in your chest
  • Pulmonary = it affects your lungs
  • Disease = it’s a medical condition

Please see here for a really hepful, plain-English explanation about what COPD is.

If you smoke and you have COPD, the single biggest thing you can do to improve your health is to stop smoking. You can get help with this if you have decided you are going to stop - most pharmacies have a smoke-stop programme or click here for LiveWell Dorset.

If you have COPD, this will be reviewed annually (in the month of your birthday) as part of your Annual Long Term Condition (LTC) Review. Keep an eye out for the invitation in the month leading up to your birthday. This will help us to ensure your medications are reviewed and reauthorised ahead of time. If you think your COPD is getting worse or you are having a flare-up, please call reception to make an appointment.


Useful Resources

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

British Lung Foundation
Information and guidance on living with COPD