HSE Donegal Host Patient Information Forum re COPD

HSE Media Release: 20th November 2019

HSE Donegal, Respiratory Integrated Care team will host a Free patient information forum for patients living with COPD, (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

This patient information forum will commence on:

Date: Friday 29th November 2019
Time: 10:30am
Location: Burtonport Community Centre
Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.

People living with COPD have symptoms such as breathlessness, cough, mucus production, frequent chest infections, chest tightness and low energy levels. If you have COPD or have a family member or friend living with COPD we would love to see you at this information session.

On the day Dr Olga Mikulick Respiratory consultant at Letterkenny University Hospital will give a presentation and will be available afterwards to answer your questions. In addition patient advocate Michael Mc Gloin, COPD support group Sligo shall outline the benefits of support groups in chronic condition management such as COPD. Fiona Boyle HSE Smoking Cessation Advisor will give a presentation in respect of the services that are available and free in the area.

The nursing and physiotherapist members of Respiratory Integrated Care team Pauline Mc Fadden, Antoinette Doherty and Tara Cooper shall explain what self- management techniques you can use to manage symptoms such as breathlessness, cough, mucus production and chest tightness. With regards to Inhalers if you have any questions or require advice please bring them with you on the day.

Members of the mPower team shall also be in attendance to outline the 'Attend Anywhere' initiative a digital platform that is used with a smartphone and allows patients to link directly with their health care providers no matter where they are in the county or the country. This will result in a reduction in travel time and a reduction in added expenses and ultimately benefit patients directly especially in rural communities such as west Donegal and the Islands.

This event is sponsored by mPower. mPower is a project specifically targeting those over 65 years of age, living with long-term conditions or chronic illnesses. The key aspects are to connect older people to supports and services available in their communities, according to their interests. This can help them manage their long term conditions, for example, COPD or Diabetes among others.

Last updated on: 20 / 11 / 2019