Feedback from patients on the Breeze© COPD pilot included:
This programme makes you feel better about yourself. I’m not on my own anymore. I am glad I have come to this, I just wish I could carry on with this every week all the time. I thought the Dietitian was very good! All these things I have been going through I did not know it was because of COPD and the nurse on the programme was very good. I understand now that my condition could get worse and now I must live life to the full. Without this I would not have known much about COPD and how difficult life could be. I have learnt a lot about how to manage this condition in the future.
Occupational health participant feedback of Breeze© COPD pilot:
There has been lots of benefits to this course as I’m newly diagnosed. Once I got into the programme I was interested in listening to other people’s stories. The pharmacist explained everything. I felt I had something in common with everyone else. I found the venue easy to get to and the people are very nice here.
Wirral Borough Council
Councillor Chris Jones, Wirral Council cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said: “The Breeze programme has been specifically designed to complement the already excellent support that COPD patients receive in Wirral to help them manage their condition, give them the best possible quality of life and reduce the possibility of them needing to access emergency medical attention. http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=754
Dr Shyamal Mukherjee, medical director for the Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral NHS Cluster and also a GP in Wallasey, said: “I am delighted that this project has come to the Wirral. COPD is a serious, life-threatening health problem which is on the increase. http://www.mapofmedicine.com/mapinnhs/casestudies/integratinghealthcare