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Julia Bott talks about her rehab class

Julia runs a series of Pulmonary Rehab classes for people with COPD. Here she talks about what motivates her and what she’s learned about how people feel about living with breathing difficulties. Most importantly she emphasises that you only get out of a class what you’re prepared to put in.

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Watch out half way through for guest appearances from several energetic members of Julia’s class 🙂

What is COPD?

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Julia Bott is a Consultant Physiotherapist working in Surrey. We went to visit one of her Pulmonary Rehab classes and were treated first of all to a simple explanation of what COPD is and what’s going on inside the lungs. Whenever I watch it, I can’t help but sit up straight, breathe deeply and be grateful that I can fill my lungs easily.

The members of the class, while all having some breathing difficulties, were eager to impress on us the recovery that they’ve achieved through simple exercises complementary to their clinical treatments. There’ll be more of them here soon, but the trouble was not getting them to talk on camera, but getting them to stop talking once they’d started!

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which, as Julia explains covers a group of diseases such as chronic asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It is most frequently associated with people who have smoked, though it appears that there are also genetic factors and at least one member of the class said his illness was asbestos-related.

NHSDirect has an introductory article that goes into more detail.

Stopping smoking isn’t only for young people

Further up Guildford High Street there was more information on offer at Abbot’s Hospital.

I took a moment to talk to Dot Yates, a Smoking Cessation specialist. We talked about how although people seem to be very aware of the new smoking ban in England, few know that the NHS provides specialist services to help them give up.

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Dot also explained why the service was involved in Falls Awareness Day – older people might think it’s not worth them giving up if they have smoked all their lives, but Dot points out that they can get enormous benefit to their fitness (and reduce the risk of falling) by stopping smoking.

The service runs out of the Jarvis Centre in Guildford and details can be found here