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Our Advanced Respiratory Nurse Practitioner, Kerry, has put together a really useful list of websites and resources to help patients that have respiratory conditions. Take a look below, you can click on the icons to be taken directly to that website:
- This is an excellent website for our patients, families and health care professionals to access. There is a patient helpline number and lots of information about all different types of lung conditions. Information can be read on line, printed or ordered, some items do have a cost as this is a charity based project. It has information about dealing with breathlessness, Covid-19 and emotional stress and this is always kept up to date. It also has some useful exercise links to keep us active which is so important if you have COPD
- Exercise video
- This is an excellent website for people that specifically have asthma - young and old. It has lots of information about how the lungs work, what asthma is, what makes it worse and really useful links to check how good your inhaler technique is.
- Inhaler video
- A really important part of managing asthma is your personal asthma action plan, this can be printed from the Asthma UK site to discuss with your asthma nurse. Most patients will have discussed this as their annual review
- This is another website that is really helpful when trying to understand how to take your inhaler or what medications are in it
- Allergy UK is a website for people that suffer with allergy symptoms, it contains lots of information regarding triggers and symptoms and how to manage things like hayfever, rhinitis and even anaphylaxis
- This site is really useful and supportive for people who have been diagnosed with sarcoidosis. It contains lots of accurate and up to date information
- Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition that affects the lung tissue and is very different to Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There is lots of incorrect information on the internet regarding this condition. This website was created by patients who felt they needed the support for this condition, it has lots of accurate advice about the condition, how it is diagnosed and how to live well with it
- Lung cancer is an increasing lung disease and Roy Castle set up this foundation many years ago to support people and families living with it. It has lots of information and advice about the condition, what you may go through and how to manage the condition
- It is very common for people with respiratory symptoms to become anxious, which can worsen the symptoms and make coping harder. This is a really useful resource to keep control of anxiety and has lovely techniques to manage the situations when they occur
- This website is from the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care. This website has really good links to breathing exercises we encourage for symptoms of breathlessness, keeping breathing under control and helping get sputum shifted easily.