November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) awareness month. COPD is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
- Emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
- Chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways
COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. The condition can sometimes affect people who have never smoked. Many people don't realise they have it and conditions can gradually worsen over time. There may also be periods when they get suddenly worse, known as a flare-up or exacerbation.
As part of World Diabetes Day which takes place on November 14, the area’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Staffordshire have announced there will be a number of education sessions available in the New Year for newly diagnosed or existing patients who have type 2 diabetes.
Looking after you
We have provided information about self care week and digital apps.
Self care week 13-19 November
Self Care Week (13-19 November) is an annual national awareness week that focuses on establishing support for self care across communities, families and generations.