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Mayor breathes life into rehab day

A physiotherapist managed to persuade her local mayor to take part in a pulmonary rehabilitation group to help raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The mayor of Barrow-in-Furness, councillor Wendy Maddox, attended the group at the town’s Park Leisure Centre.

Puja Trivedi, a specialist respiratory physiotherapist with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and one of the group’s organisers, invited the mayor along.

Councillor Maddox took part in group exercises.

As someone ‘from a family where someone has suffered from emphysema’, she said she welcomed the project’s aims.

The pulmonary rehab sessions are run by a multidisciplinary team and consist of both exercise and education.

‘The aim is to improve quality of life,’ said Miss Trivedi.

‘When a patient has COPD they are often too breathless to do any physical activity. So we train them to get out of breath in a controlled environment and teach them how to pace themselves.’

The mayor’s visit was arranged to mark World COPD day, which took place on 14 November.

This annual event aims to improve the prevention and care of patients with COPD around the world. It is organised by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease and backed by the World Health Organization.

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