2,000 Angus victims may be undiagnosed

20111110- COPD Day banner. 'World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day is on Wednesday November 16th. The Angus C.O.P.D. Group are holding an event at the Guide Hall, Myre, Forfar. The event which runs from 11aam to 3pm is led by specialist staff who will give information about respiratory conditions with workshops taking place throughout the day. Members of the Angus C.O.P.D. Group are pictured with their new banner sponsored by Monarch Of The Glen Park. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",
20111110- COPD Day banner. 'World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day is on Wednesday November 16th. The Angus C.O.P.D. Group are holding an event at the Guide Hall, Myre, Forfar. The event which runs from 11aam to 3pm is led by specialist staff who will give information about respiratory conditions with workshops taking place throughout the day. Members of the Angus C.O.P.D. Group are pictured with their new banner sponsored by Monarch Of The Glen Park. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

Angus COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Patient Group organised a World COPD Day at the Guide Hall in the Myre car park, Forfar, on Wednesday.

The event was opened by Mary, Dowager Countess of Strathmore.

Also attending was NHS Tayside chairman Sandy Watson.

The chronic lung condition is currently known to affect more than 2,045 people in Angus.

However, national figures suggest around the same number may also be living with currently undiagnosed COPD in Angus.

Montrose patient group organiser Colin Stewart said: “This annual event is a showcase of the different exercises and therapies that can be used to help control COPD.

“One of our partners, Angus Council, has been very supportive by allowing us to use their Leisure Centres. They took part on Wednesday with a showcase of seated exercises.”

There were around 20 information stands, as well as a number of workshops.

COPD covers a number of progressive lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Support Group chairman Ian Baxter said: “The theme we are trying to get across is - Am I short of breath? Do I have COPD?

“One of today’s messages is that breathlessness can be absolutely terrifying, and people can feel alone - but it doesn’t have to be that way.

“We have a great situation in Angus where we have several groups dedicated to helping you if you need it.”

And Rhona Guild, the primary care manager for NHS Tayside, said: “Anyone who is a smoker or an ex-smoker aged over 35 years, and has any of the following symptoms of breathlessness, chronic cough or bringing up phlegm, should speak to their doctor about having their lung function checked.”

Mr Stewart went on: “I am delighted that Montrose businessman Bill McDonald offered to sponsor our promotional banner and that he has also agreed to pay for promotional flyers for the Arbroath, Forfar and Stracathro COPD groups to help spread the word of the great benefits that these groups can offer to COPD sufferers in the Angus Community.”

Mr McDonald replied: “Mr Stewart and his colleagues are doing a fabulous job in helping support COPD sufferers in Angus and I am delighted to have been able to sponsor the banner and flyers to help promote their great work.”

For more information regarding COPD services in Angus contact Rhona Guild on 01307 474889.