Happy Breathers COPD clinic in Spalding

People living with the respiratory condition COPD can access a new style of community clinic in Spalding as part of a pilot project.

The project is designed to improve the wellbeing of people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and their carers by reducing social isolation and providing a range of care and support in a non-clinical community setting.

Dennis Burke, 68, of Spalding, said: “This clinic is valuable because it can help ensure COPD sufferers are not so isolated indoors and is somewhere to get more information. It’s nice to be with people with the same complaint and take positive action to keep well.”

The clinic is at Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street, Spalding, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Thursdays.

The clinic is designed to recognise that people are often the experts on their own situation and condition and therefore those who attend have a large say in what it includes.

Some sessions are attended by Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS) respiratory clinicians and opportunities are often available for group advice and information.

The sessions are intended to be informal and people do not have to attend every one. Please do come along and give it a try – you will be made very welcome.

There are talks and demonstrations on relevant subjects such as benefits, suitable exercise, medication, physiotherapy and safety in the home. Some light tailored exercise is a regular part of the clinic.

The sessions also provide a valuable social opportunity and include time to chat, with free refreshments.

It’s also an opportunity to find out about and share information on other services available in the local area such as regular health walks that take place, including in Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding, at 11am on Friday mornings – social, informal, low intensity walks open to all.

South Lincolnshire CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) is working with partners including Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) to deliver the clinic, based on the RIPPLE model developed in Coventry.

Seed funding to support the set-up and running costs was provided by the Health Foundation.

LCVS is facilitating the group to help ensure it delivers what people want and need.

Please do take a look at the video at the top of the page, created thanks to an NHS England community grant, awarded to showcase the good practice approach of involving patients in healthcare demonstrated by the Happy Breathers COPD clinic.

NHS England said: “NHS England’s celebrating participation in healthcare grants have been awarded to showcase good practice approaches developed to involve people in healthcare.

“Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) works with health services to try new ways of working, increase knowledge, develop good practice and demonstrate ways to improve services.

“The ‘Happy Breathers’ Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) project helps participants learn about COPD in a relaxed setting and improves patient outcomes by enabling better self-care.

“Patients have been involved from the start and their feedback has helped to steer the project. Participants have reported they are less socially isolated, more confident about managing their condition and benefit from peer to peer support.”

  • To find out more about the COPD community clinic contact: LCVS or go along to the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street, Spalding, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Thursdays.


What is COPD?

COPD is a condition where the airways become inflamed and the air sacs in the lungs damaged. This causes the airways to become narrower, which makes it harder to breathe in and out.

There is no cure for COPD, but there are lots of treatments available to help individuals manage the condition, improve their symptoms and live an active life.

Symptoms of COPD include wheezing, breathlessness when resting or active, a tight chest, coughing and producing more mucus or phlegm than usual.

The symptoms may be all the time or they might appear or get worse when individuals have an infection or breathe in smoke or fumes. Individuals may need oxygen therapy.


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