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New respiratory support group making a difference to patients

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26 November 2013

A new patient group for people with respiratory conditions is now running in Richmond.

The group is being run by the Respiratory Care Team, working in partnership with Elleray Hall and a respiratory patient.

People who have respiratory conditions, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease may feel isolated and anxious, particularly when they have finished any formal treatment or rehabilitation. The group brings together people with all respiratory conditions, encouraging them to discuss and share their experiences.

The group meets regularly, run quizzes and they have been out for fish and chips together. People are encouraged to attend as often or as little as they like.

The group is run separately to the formal service; however the respiratory team are on hand to provide support and are kept informed on how the group is getting on.

Julie Read, Respiratory & Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinical Services Manager, said: “This group provides local people with the opportunity to meet with others who have been through similar experiences. Having respiratory conditions can be very scary and this additional support can make a big difference to people’s lives.

“Our partnership with Elleray Hall means the group can be run independently and locally, and offers a great place for people to get together.”

Elleray Hall provides the room on a special rate of 50p per person. Tea and coffee is available for 50p per cup.

If you have a respiratory illness and are interested in joining or getting more information, please contact the respiratory team on 020 8487 1783 or alternatively drop by.

The next group meeting will be on Friday 29 November. The group meets every Friday, except on bank holidays.

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For more information, contact Alexa Chaffer, Head of Communications. Tel: 020 8973 3139

Notes for editors:

1.    Ellary Hall is managed by the voluntary organisation, Teddington Old Peoples Welfare Association (TOPWA). They are a lively social club based in the heart of Teddington where the over sixties come to meet and chat with friends over tea or coffee and enjoy a good home cooked lunch.

2.    People attending the respiratory group are also able to experience local day centres and the facilities they provide, such as lunches and hairdressing. There is an additional cost for these services.