COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it.

November 2012

COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it.
Help raise awareness in West, East and Coastal Kent.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. It kills more people in the UK each year than either bowel, breast or prostate cancer, yet many people have not heard of the disease.

However, it is more common than you may think; in the UK, 3.7 million people are thought to have COPD and over three quarters of those are unaware that they have the disease. Early diagnosis and treatment can markedly slow decline in lung function and hence lengthen the period in which a patient can enjoy an active life. Taking a proactive approach to managing both the physical and psychological impacts of COPD could help to improve an individual’s ability to manage their illness and reduce hospital stays.

The main symptoms of COPD to look out for are shortness of breath and a cough that you cannot get rid of, both of which may get worse during winter.

COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it. is a public health campaign that aims to raise awareness of COPD and prompt those who are at risk to visit their doctor or nurse for further assessment and advice.

Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital is supporting the COPD Awareness Campaign and our Specialist Consultant Dr Simon Webster will see patients who have concerns regarding COPD.

For more information or to book an appointment please call 01892 741150 or make an online enquiry


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COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it.

Read more about Dr Simon Webster who will see patients with any concerns about COPD.

To book an appointment please call 01892 741150 or make an online enquiry

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