Are you breathless? Have you ever smoked?
You could be one of the 90,000 Aucklanders living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Bronchiectasis.
COPD is an umbrella term for a group of lung diseases usually brought on by smoking. This includes the conditions, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Bronchiectasis is a lung disease that usually results from infection, causing damage to the airways. The main symptom for both conditions is breathlessness but the effects on your heart, muscles, bones and mood are also significant.
Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation has partnered with Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) to establish a new community delivered service for ADHB clients diagnosed with COPD and Bronchiectasis . This service is aimed at providing people who suffer from COPD and Bronchiectasis with access to exercise programmes combined with support and education to help minimise the impact of these conditions on their lives. In addition, the programme aims to provide participants with tools to increase their ability to manage the disease and ultimately reduce hospital admissions.
This service is delivered by our expert team of physiotherapists at the Tamaki Community Recreation Centre and the Mt Albert Community Recreation Centre. Run over 16 sessions, participants take part in structured exercise classes and education sessions.
How will this rehabilitation service help me?
- You’ll feel better and breathe easier
- Everyday activities will become easier through improved fitness
- You’ll make new friends and learn from others who know what it’s like to live with COPD
- You’ll learn to manage your condition better
Please ask your health professionals, including your GP, to refer you for this programme.