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RD&E support for patients with lung conditions

Staff from the Royal Devon & Exeter respiratory team, as well as representatives from the British Lung Foundation and BLF Breathe Easy East Devon, helped raise awareness about Pulmonary Fibrosis, by creating the first ever Fibrosis Day on Wednesday 26 October.

The team were available in the Wonford Hospital restaurant to chat to patients, visitors and staff, and provide them with information and leaflets. 

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive lung disease which currently has no known cause or cure. It generally affects people in middle age (usually aged 50+) and is becoming increasingly common, especially among men.

Staff from RD&E respiratory team and British Lung FoundationDr. Michael Gibbons, Consultant Respiratory Physician, said: “This is a devastating condition with a prognosis unfortunately worse than many forms of cancer. At the moment there are no effective therapies and very little is known about the condition, which is why it is important for us to raise awareness amongst staff and visitors to the Trust. We hope you will support our event and find out more.”

As well as raising awareness of this condition, the team were able to pass on information on other lung conditions, treatments and therapies, and support available for people affected.

Marilyn Crump, British Lung Foundation, said: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity to work with such a dedicated team at the RD&E; we’ve spoken to lots of people who will now be able to better manage their condition.  One in seven people is affected by a lung condition.  The British Lung Foundation is the only charity working to help everyone with any lung condition, and provides a whole range of support services for everyone affected, including the BLF Breathe Easy support network, the BLF Helpline and website – and this event has given us the chance to reach some of these people.”


Pictured above (L-R): Staff from the RD&E respiratory team Sarah Lines, Marilyn Crump (BLF), Angie Thurgood, Dr Michael Gibbons, and Shirley Haggerty.


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