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Respiratory information

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (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, this is called airflow obstruction.

Typical symptoms of COPD include:

  • increasing breathlessness when active
  • a persistent cough with phlegm
  • frequent chest infections 

See NHS Choices website below for further information:-

Further Information About COPD

The surgery has teamed up with the Sound Doctor to offer the following video clips about various aspects of COPD (see below). If you find these useful and would like to see more please email giving the surgery name and the name of your GP. They will email you a link to click on and a user name for access.

What is COPD?

Smoking & COPD


What can I do if I have an exacerbation?

Coping with breathlessness

Keeping active

Staying positive

Using a spacer

Practice Staff

Sister Bridget Gibson - Practice Nurse (in training for specialist respiratory role)

Karen Gibson - Frailty Nurse

Sister Karen Gibson - Practice Nurse responsible for preventing unplanned admissions to hospital and frailty nurse (with an interest in respiratory medicine).

Singing For Breathing

A FREE, group that meets on Friday lunchtimes (1-2) at North Cotswolds Hospital in Moreton for people with a diagnosed lung condition.
You don't have to think you can sing to join in.
Please CLICK HERE for more information or contact Rose Smith on 07905 884151 or at

Fun, Short Film for Children with Asthma to Encourage Effective Use of Inhalers

This fun short film, Jack Blows His Own Trumpet, encourages children with asthma to use their inhalers effectively.

It is based on a poem written by Education for Health’s Chief Executive, Monica Fletcher OBE and Jane Scullion, Trustee and Respiratory Nurse Consultant University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Useful Contacts

British Lung Foundation - Helpline: 03000 030 555. Website:

Gloucestershire Stop Smoking Service: Tel: 0300 421 0040

NHS 111: Dial 111 (for assistance when it's less urgent than 999)

999: Dial 999 for an ambulance if you have COPD and:-

  • you are very short of breath at rest
  • you have a feeling of agitation, confusion or drowsiness
  • you have a high fever or
  • you experience chest pains.
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