Real progress is being made in providing people with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) a structured programme of exercise and education to support them in the management of their condition.

COPD is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation provides people with information about their condition and the management of their symptoms.

The PR programme, provided by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, along with other innovative approaches such as remote monitoring of people’s condition/symptoms, is supporting people to keep well in their own homes.

Information for people with COPD (including where to access services) has now been added to the ASAP App and website for the winter period as symptoms can become worse during cold spells.

The CCG is also commissioning a range of films to highlight real life stories and to provide advice on self-management of the condition.