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PULMONARY REHABILITATION FESTIVAL, SAINT MUNGO’S ACADEMY ON 18TH SEPTEMBER 2005

September 16, 2005 12:00 PM

A festival is being held on Sunday, September 18th, to highlight classes that are available to patients in the Greater Glasgow area who suffer from breathlessness caused by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

The festival, which is being held at St Mungo's School, is an opportunity for patients from the current classes and patients interested in joining to meet and get more information or advice.

NHS Greater Glasgow runs a series of classes in eleven locations across the city, in hospitals, halls and leisure centres.

ThePulmonary Rehabilitation class is a programme of education and activity for people with COPD.Spread over eight weeks the classes are run by a multidisciplinary team involved in helping patients through the programme.

After the eight weeks patients can continue the exercise part of their programme through the Puffers Club run by City Council coaches who specialise in rehabilitation patients with COPD.Classesare also run in East and West Dumbartonshire.

Rehabilitation offers patients the chance to understand and manage their breathlessness to lead a fuller more active life.

The event is being jointly organised by the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team and Glasgow City Council's Cultural and Leisure Services Department.Support is being provided by the local Asda Store and ex footballers Colin and Tom McAdam, whose father, Bill, recently successfully graduated from the programme.

If you have been diagnosed with COPD or know someone with COPD and would like to know more about rehabilitation, you should ask your GP or Practice Nurse if you could benefit from this.

There will be a class in your area, which you can attend.Classes run in Kirkintilloch to Castlemilk, Easterhouse to Clydebank, Springburn, Tollcross, Pollok and Drumchapel, hospital classes are at Gartnavel General, Victoria Infirmary and Southern General.

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For further media information contact 0141 201 4429.

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