Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
What Is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a group of disorders that cause obstruction of airflow in the breathing tubes or airways of the lungs. When the condition occurs it is chronic (long term) in nature, and therefore the airflow obstruction is usually permanent or ‘irreversible’.
These conditions commonly include chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic asthma. People with COPD are prone to severe episodes of shortness of breath, with fits of coughing. If you have COPD, the good news is that there are steps you can take to control the symptoms of COPD and slow down the ongoing damage to your lungs.
Click below to access the Canberra Hospital & Health Services COPD Patient Information Booklet:
What is the COPD Service?
The COPD Service provides education and clinical support for frequent users of the acute sector with COPD. The COPD Clinical Nurse Consultant reviews patients both in the hospital and community setting.
Clinical Care Coordinators work collaboratively with the CNC to provide support for those COPD clients who require further care coordination, including self-management strategies, education and advance care planning.
The COPD Service provides a weekly Smoking Cessation Clinic and COPD Education Clinic in the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Canberra Hospital.
Accessing the Service
You may be eligible to access the COPD Service if you have one or both of the following:
- More than 3 non-admitted emergency presentations per annum
- More than 2 hospital admissions in the last two years
Your primary health care provider will need to refer you to this service.
Information for Clinicians
To refer a patient to the Chronic Care Program please fill in the Referral Request Form below or refer via Community Health Intake
For more information on the COPD Service, please feel free to contact us.