Space, a community service in Rotherham for people with respiratory conditions,
is marking World COPD Day on November 20 with a range of information stalls and
a special performance by the Breathing Space choir.
day-long event will be a chance to learn about respiratory diseases, pulmonary
rehabilitation taster sessions and smoking cessation.
highlight World COPD Day, Breathing Space is also proud to be hosting an art
exhibition created by Hull York medical school, ‘Bringing Breathlessness into
View’, which aims to raise awareness of what it is like to live with
Ward, specialist respiratory nurse at Breathing Space, said respiratory disease
is a problem is Rotherham. “The industrial heritage, smoking prevalence and social
deprivation in the area means we have a huge problem with respiratory disease,
the most common being COPD. We are trying to identify respiratory problems
early, especially in smokers and people who are breathless. If we can make an
early diagnosis and educate them to manage their condition it will improve
their quality of life. Respiratory disease has a huge impact on the people of
Rotherham, many people simply don’t know they have it.”
COPD Day is a chance to highlight the condition and ways to help manage it, and
the team at Breathing Space offer a range of services in a relaxed environment
at its purpose-built facilities at Badsley Moor, which houses the biggest
pulmonary rehabilitation service in the country.
Breathing Space choir is made up of people who have gone through the centre’s
pulmonary rehabilitation programme and helps participants with breathing
exercises. It’s also a bit of fun.
Happer, choir member and service user, was diagnosed with a respiratory illness
four years ago and was told he was likely to have
only between one and five years to live.
see my consultant every six months and he does a lung
test to see how my condition is. The deterioration seems to be due to
the numerous industrial environments I have
worked in all my life, confined spaces, sand
blasting, mining, cement works etc.”
who had existing heart issues, was experiencing difficulties with breathing a
few years ago and went to the doctor who diagnosed him with Non-Specific
Interstitial Pneumonia (NSIP).
said: “The lungs will never recover. I have now
given up work which was a big thing for me. I come here once a week to the gym
and the choir. I have nine grandchildren and I do everything possible to prevent further deterioration of the lungs.
The facilities here are brilliant. It is good that I can go here once a week
doing things I wouldn’t be doing without the facilities here. These help me
maintain my stability.”
Simmonite, another member of the Breathing Space choir, said it was the social
side of things that she liked. “Is it the contact with people too. The choir is
a good team. It is fun too.”
will be information and various activities for visitors to Breathing Space on
World COPD Day, from 10am-3pm and all are welcome.