Mayor to launch respiratory support group

A support group for people in the Durham Dales with lung conditions is to be launched in Bishop Auckland tomorrow.

John Lethbridge, the Mayor of Bishop Auckland, will launch the group at the Methodist Church on Cockton Hill Road.

The Breathe Easy Group was established in November 2010 and meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Methodist Church on Cockton Hill Road in Bishop Auckland. It was set up to support people with lung conditions and those who care for them.

It is one of four Breathe Easy Groups in the area and was supported by the Durham Dales Pathfinder Consortia with a start-up grant of £250. The group is patient-led and supported by Caroline Dinsdale, a Respiratory Specialist Nurse from County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

“You will definitely get something from it. You will get the opportunity to talk to other people who have the same problem as you have and also it is a great way to get tips on how to manage your condition better,” explained Sue Blackett, a member of the group.

Caroline Dinsdale, Respiratory Specialist Nurse said, “Breathe Easy Groups throughout the UK provide a fantastic support network for people with respiratory disease and their carers.”

“This is a great opportunity for people in the Durham Dales to meet with others who face similar problems, providing support, education and a social network in an informal setting.”

The patient-led group invites guest speakers to talk about subjects such as nutrition and physiotherapy at their meetings.

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