Living with COPD
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If you have difficulty breathing or a cough with mucus (phlegm) that won't go away; if you feel tired and less able to lead the active life you enjoy – you could have a disease called COPD
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
- Chronic - means it won’t go away
- Obstructive - means partly blocked
- Pulmonary - means in the lungs
- Disease – means sickness
COPD is a common condition that affects more than 440,000 people in Ireland, so you are not alone.
This website is designed for patients and their families who want to learn more about Living with COPD – what it is, how it is diagnosed and treated, available supports and simple steps that will ease symptoms and improve quality of life.
PLEASE DONATE TO COPD
A big thank you to all those who participated in the Flora Mini Marathon and helped raise funds for COPD Support Ireland
on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd June 2014
Your support is greatly appreciated.
Click into my charity page to donate.
A call for action on Medical Cards
The consultation process to review medical cards is now closed. You can still write to the Minister for Health asking that COPD be considered a chronic illness and that people living with the disease be entitled to a medical card on medical grounds. A template of a letter is attached here, you can amend as you like. You can send it to you local TD's, click here.
National Meeting for COPD Support Groups
The second national meeting for COPD Support Groups took place on Tuesday 8th April 2014 and was hosted by Bray Support Group. Details to follow.
New local COPD Support Groups.
Dublin Group usually meets on the last Thursday of every second Month. Please note the next meeting Thursday 19th June at 2.30pm in the Ballyfermot library. Contact us for more details on 01 2833500 or see our facebookpage.
The Louth COPD Support Group meets on the first Friday each month in Drogheda. Contact COPD Support Ireland 012835252 for more details.
For World COPD Day 2013 a free spirometry screening bus travelled to 5 counties in Ireland from 18th to 22nd November, starting with Dublin followed by Sligo, Mayo, Waterford , and finally Cork. For more information see our Facebook page here.
COPD in the Media
See Prof. Tim McDonnell and Betty Sutton on RTE's Morning Edition on World COPD Day discuss COPD and the screening bus. Watch here
Great piece in Irish Independent with Ann Murphy November 2013 Read here
Excellent piece on TV3 news about COPD and the launch of COPD Support Ireland. See more
Interview with COPD Support Ireland President Michael McGloin from our launch on 21st October 2013. Read more>
Interview with Betty Sutton, South Dublin COPD Support Group - Irish Independent Health and Living Supplement, July 2012 - Read more
COPD Support Ireland officially launches
Minister Alex White formally launched COPD Support Ireland
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The Irish Thoracic Society is a partner in the Quit Campaign
QUIT is a HSE health education campaign aimed at encouraging smokers to quit. It aims to reduce the numbers of smokers in Ireland and reduce the level of illness and deaths caused by tobacco use.