New therapy service at James Paget

A unique new service to provide treatment and support to people with lung disease has been launched by the James Paget University Hospital.Nearly 900,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which can leave people breathless.

A unique new service to provide treatment and support to people with lung disease has been launched by the James Paget University Hospital.

Nearly 900,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which can leave people breathless.

The non-drug therapy service can improve physical performance, breathing, eases symptoms, reduces fatigue and gives patients a better quality of life.

It incorporates physical training, disease education, nutrition assessment and advice, and psychological, social and behavioural intervention.

Carol Nicholls, a respiratory nurse specialist at the Gorleston hospital, said: “The majority of patients who have had the therapy have reported that it has helped them cope with the condition - both physically and mentally. It helps to restore their independence - such as being able to do household tasks and socialise - and increases their understanding of the condition.”

More information about the service is on www.jpaget.nhs.uk