Who to See: Sandra Barry
In our chronic lung disease clinics we follow the progress of a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.
Lung diseases such as COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are one of the mot common causes of death and disability in Southwark. This is probably due to high incidence of smoking in the borough â something we are also happy to help with through our smoking cessation clinic (insert link) People suffering with chronic lung disease have trouble breathing in and out. This is referred to as airflow obstruction and is usually caused by long-term damage to the lungs from smoking.
We regularly monitor patients with COPD in both practices via our weekly clinics (at Manor Place on a Tuesday morning and at Sir John Kirk Close on alternate Wednesday mornings). This service is led by Nurse Sandra Barry. If you find it difficult to make these times then please just let our reception staff know and they will be happy to arrange for you to see Sandra at a more convenient time. Patients will be provided with an action plan to assist and help to relieve symptoms and will be offered regular review of their medical treatment.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Relieve your symptoms and Stop Smoking - Smoke Free
Quit smoking - Quit.org
COPD explained - NHS Choices
Videos from NHS Choices:
COPD (bronchitis and emphysema) affects an estimated three million people in the UK, and smoking is a major cause. There is a lot that can be done to relieve the symptoms and improve your quality of life.
A respiratory nurse specialist and patients explain pulmonary rehabilitation, and how exercise can improve the symptoms of COPD.
Lynn Ashton, 46, inhaled toxic fumes when a candle set fire to her plastic tablecloth. She was already asthmatic, and a few months later was diagnosed with COPD. She talks about living with the condition.