COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it – raising awareness of COPD in West Lothian

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) camaign logo

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 bowel, breast and prostate cancer yet many people have never heard of it. 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. The earlier COPD is diagnosed, the more effectively it can be managed.Livingston FC players Craig Bell, Kyle Jacobs and Paul Watson helping launch the COPD campaign

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 health campaign launched this week by NHS Lothian in collaboration with Livingston FC 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.  It is also designed to highlight the importance of regular monitoring and review of COPD medication by doctors or nurses to make sure that people with COPD are on the best treatment appropriate for the stage of their condition.

Local events

We will be at Bathgate Market and Car Boot Sale, Whitburn Road, Bathgate on Friday, 30th September, and 7th October between 10.00am and 3.00pm.  Come along to learn more about COPD and take a simple test to find out how your lungs are performing.

Become a campaign supporter

Ways to become involved:

  • Display copies of the COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it. posters
  • Distribute copies of the ‘What is COPD?’ leaflet
  • Tweet about the campaign (www.twitter.com) to help raise awareness – use your own words or this ready-made tweet: Lung disease COPD kills more people in UK each year than bowel, breast or prostate cancer. Know it. Check it. Treat it. www.COPDaware.co.uk
  • Use your Facebook page (www.facebook.com) to make your friends aware
  • Encourage friends, family and colleagues to use the COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it. symptom checklist available on the campaign website at www.COPDaware.co.uk

If you would like more information or to be involved please get in touch at ninian.hewitt@luht.scot.nhs.uk or call 0131 465 5586.

Last Reviewed: 30/09/2011