Date of release: Wednesday 22nd June, 2016
We’re delighted to be one of the organisations supporting The Wolverhampton Integrated Respiratory Lifestyle (TWIRL) Project, alongside the Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Compton Hospice, Wolves Community Trust, Age UK Wolverhampton and West Midlands Fire Service.
With the support of the Health Foundation, we have worked together to develop an informal community-based ‘breathing group’ for COPD patients. COPD is a condition where the airways become inflamed and the air sacs in the lungs are damaged. This causes the airways to become narrower, which makes it harder to breathe in and out.
The Wolverhampton initiative follows the success of a similar one in Coventry, where patients who joined the ‘RIPPLE’ projectdemonstrated an improvement in their wellbeing and felt less socially isolated.
TWIRL will meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons at Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton starting Wednesday 20 July. Patients can take part in fun activities like bingo and quizzes, and receive structured education to help them better manage their condition whilst being supported by volunteers and health care professionals in an informal environment.
For more details about the group, please e-mail WOLCCG.WCCG@nhs.net or call 01902 444878.