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New support for people with respiratory problems in Lambeth


A new support group for people with respiratory problems is opening in Streatham. The Breathe Easy group will be run by people with health problems such as COPD and asthma and will be supported by the British Lung Foundation and NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

There are more than 230 Breathe Easy groups across Britain but this is the first in the Lambeth area. The launch takes place on 14 May from 11am to 1pm at Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Road, Streatham, SW16 1PN. 

Dr Azhar Saleem, Lambeth CCG’s respiratory lead GP, said: “We’re delighted patients in the Lambeth area will be able to get support from this group and are pleased to work with the British Lung Foundation to get it off the ground. 
“We hope that in time we will be able to open similar groups in other areas of the borough.
“These groups will enable patients to give support to one another, something we know is really important.
 
It helps people understand that they’re not alone and to also share experiences and ideas for support and help for their condition.”
Breath Easy groups typically meet once a month and members arrange all kinds of things for their meetings, from talks on local patient services and advice from health care professionals, to arts and crafts and trips to the theatre or the seaside. 

The launch in Streatham will be attended by Lambeth’s Integrated Respiratory Team who will be able to talk to patients about pulmonary rehabilitation, the British Lung Foundation who offer support, the Singing with COPD group which helps people with respiratory problems exercise their lungs in a fun way, the Lambeth Stop Smoking Team, Self Management UK who can help people self-manage their condition, Healthwatch and local pharmacists.

To find out more about the Streatham group, phone 07787 985 642 or email hannah.whittle@blf.org.uk.   
For help and advice on respiratory conditions, see www.blf.org.uk or call the British Lung Foundation helpline on 03000 030 555. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. If you’re concerned about your respiratory health, visit your GP.

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