- 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.
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.
9600 people and their loved ones will face a pancreatic cancer diagnosis this year. And the numbers are set to increase. Early diagnosis is vital to saving lives, so it’s time to take urgent action by raising awareness of the disease.
Every day during Pancreatic Awareness Month, 1 – 30 November, there will be a short video about the people behind the disease including patient, carer, survivor stories as well as perspectives from nurses, surgeons, dietitians, supporters and researchers.
Patients with diabetes are set to benefit from three videos aimed at helping them to look after their feet.
People who have diabetes are 15 times more likely to undergo amputations than those without the condition. This is because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to patients’ feet, meaning they may not feel any pain if their foot is sore or injured.
The videos have been developed by NHS England in the West Midlands, through its Cardiovascular (CVD) Clinical Network, to enable patients to take more control of their condition by showing them how to look after their feet, what happens at their annual foot check and what to do if they have a problem.
Health care leaders across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s clinical commissioning groups have announced the appointment of Marcus Warnes as their single joint Accountable Officer.
As the current Accountable Officer for NHS North Staffordshire CCG and NHS Stoke-on-Trent CCG, Marcus will be stepping into the new role from the 1 November 2017 for five out of the six CCGs. He will be supported by Tony Bruce who will remain as Accountable Officer for East Staffordshire CCG until he leaves in March 2018. Marcus will then take on the role for East Staffordshire CCG.