COPD Support Ireland’s ‘Save Your Breath’ nationwide tour is visiting Longford town on Thursday, November 19 and will offer free COPD screening from 10am until 3pm in the Longford Arms Hotel.
COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is estimated to affect thousands of people across Ireland, with 25 people having died of the disease in Longford alone in 2014.
The ‘Save Your Breath’ campaign, which is kindly supported by A. Menarini, Boehringer Ingelheim, GSK and Novartis, is visiting Longford as part of a nationwide awareness tour to mark World COPD Day.
People worried that they may be at risk of COPD, particularly those over 35 years who have persistent breathlessness, coughing with phlegm and chest infections, or who are current or former smokers, or who have a family history of the disease, are urged to avail of a free COPD spirometry breathing test.
People previously diagnosed with COPD are encouraged to come along too to take advantage of inhaler reviews, breathing technique support, and general health and well-being advice.
Guidance on nutrition will also be provided, including a free nutrition information booklet, as good nutritional care helps to improve outcomes for people with COPD.
Last year, just over one in five of those tested nationally as part of the tour were referred to their GP for further examination.
For those not able to visit the tour, they can go online at www.saveyourbreath.ie to complete the online COPD interactive health check-in and download a handy COPD pocket guide.