Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) includes the conditions emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and affects around 3 million people in the UK.

COPD is a condition where the airways become inflamed and the air sacs in your lungs are damaged. This causes your airways to become narrower, which makes it harder to breathe in and out.

Breathing difficulties are caused by long-term damage to the lungs, usually because of smoking.


Source: British Lung Foundation (BLF)


Useful Links
Breathe Easy Support Groups

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) runs the Breathe Easy Support Groups with around 230 around the UK.


The groups allow people with lung conditions to meet other people with the same or similar conditions and get valuable advice.


Our Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit nurses regularly attend local Breathe Easy group sessions around Nottinghamshire

Nottingham RRU at Breathe Easy
Pulmonary Rehab Community Services

Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes are delivered in clinics across the county and patients are offered a choice a venues.


Our NRRU nurses regularly attend pulmonary rehab  sessions at Daybrook, Huchnall and Carlton


COPD Videos


What is COPD?

COPD Information

​​This video from NHS Choices has Dr Keith Prowse (Chairman on the British Lung Foundation) explaining what COPD is and describes what its symptoms are.

Living with COPD: Salleigh's story

Salleigh talks about how she was diagnosed with COPD

She tells her story of how she went from becoming breathless when doing everyday tasks to being able to manage her COPD and live a more normal life.

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