Patient Links

British Lung Foundation

Website section about COPD, including links to other related sections on the same site. This organisation is the only one in the UK specifically aimed at everyone with a lung disease, and the site also includes a link to the Breathe Easy network of patient support groups.

http://www.lunguk.org/you-and-your-lungs/conditions-and-diseases/copd.htm

BUPA Fact Sheet about COPD

Concise yet comprehensive and clear information from a leading UK health insurance company, including a narrated animation explaining the condition. The site states that all content has been medically reviewed and approved.

http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/COPD.html

Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland patient information leaflet: Living With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

A comprehensive, well written booklet that explains the condition briefly and then covers all practical aspects of coping with COPD.

http://www.chss.org.uk/publications/documents/Chest/C1_Living_with_COPD.pdf

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Understanding NICE guidance – information for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, their families and carers, and the public

A summary of guidance the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (called NICE for short) has given to the NHS about how to care for and treat patients with COPD. This booklet has been specially written for patients and their families and carers, to explain what to expect if they or their loved one is diagnosed with COPD.

http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/CG012publicinfo.pdf

Patient UK patient leaflet about COPD

Comprehensive, well written online patient information leaflet covering all aspects of the nature of the disease, what causes it, how it develops, and how the symptoms can be managed and treated. There is a detailed list of related items within the Patient UK site shown at the bottom of the leaflet screen.

http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23068705/

NHS Choices Information about COPD

Comprehensive guide to all aspects of COPD, arranged in defined sections on the site with a clear menu to navigate through these. Sections include video and audio clips of experts explaining the condition and its treatment and patients speaking from experience about what it’s like to have COPD.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx

NHS Home Oxygen Service website for patients, carers and the public

Website listing information and resources for patients receiving or about to receive home oxygen therapy, their carers, and the general public. There is a facility to ask questions by e-mail.

http://www.homeoxygen.nhs.uk/public

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