Screenings held to check for lung-related illnesses
PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 January 2015
'LOVE your lungs' this winter and have a persistent cough or breathlessness checked out.
That is the message from the British Lung Foundation, which is working with North Somerset Council to hold a series of screening events across the district.
Specialist nurses will check for chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease (COPD), with thousands of people in North Somerset estimated to be living with bronchitis and emphysema.
These illnesses can cause difficulty with breathing due to long-term damage to the lungs.
The screening will be held at the Your North Somerset event in the Winter Gardens on January 25 from noon to 4pm, at the Sovereign Shopping Centre on February 3 from 10am-4pm and at Tesco in Station Road on February 5 from 10am-4pm.
Becky Pollard, director of public health at the council, said: “Many people don’t think about their lung health until it becomes a problem, so we are urging people to take advantage of this opportunity to get their lungs checked by a respiratory specialist.
“Feeling breathless or having a cough may be nothing, but it could be a sign of lung disease. Getting an early diagnosis could be of significant benefit to someone’s life.”