Pharmacy Services for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Pharmacy Services for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Find out what services available at Boots can help people with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

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Pharmacy Services for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Find out what services available at Boots can help people with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD is a term that covers chronic lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Whether you've been recently diagnosed, or have been living with COPD for some time, we know you may feel anxious about exactly what the condition means for you.

If you can understand your condition, you may be able to better cope and feel in control of it, to help you enjoy the best possible quality of life.

Unfortunately, there is no treatment which can cure COPD but there are things you can do to help keep it under control and possibly slow down its progression.

How can Boots help?

Boots pharmacy teams are specially trained to help people with COPD. If you, or someone who cares for you, comes into store, they will be able to offer you help and advice, plus answer questions in a private setting. They can also take you through steps to help minimise your lungs' condition worsening.

What COPD services does Boots offer?

COPD medication and using your inhaler

Although using an inhaler may seem simple enough, about 71 per cent of people using a Metered Dose Inhaler, the most common type of inhaler, are not doing so correctly.

Your local Boots pharmacist can show you some of the simple steps you can take to help improve your inhaler technique, which will ensure the medication works better for you.

This could include working on your inhaler breathing technique, so medication reaches your lungs and help gives you the relief you need, rather than only hitting the back of your throat.

They can also review your medication and talk you through any concerns you may have, such as side effects.

Find out more about the Free NHS New Medicine Service and Free NHS Medicines Check Up Service available at Boots pharmacies. To find a local store with these services please use our store locator.

COPD Assessment Test

You may be worried about COPD preventing you from living an independent life and doing the things you enjoy. We understand that maintaining some level of control over your COPD is important to you.

To help work out the level of control you have over your condition, your Boots pharmacist can offer you a COPD Assessment Test, which is a simple, straightforward and reliable way of assessing how well your condition is managed.

Together you can then try to identify manageable lifestyle changes you can make to help you better control your symptoms.

They can help you recognise the symptoms of flare ups, such as coughing up more phlegm, and learn how to manage them, so when they do occur you are prepared and can cope with them.

COPD and exercise

Breathlessness can be a frightening experience, so if you are worried about exercise bringing it on, your Boots pharmacist can help you look at what level of activity you can safely manage. Not only does exercise help with weight loss, in time, it can improve lung capacity so you breath more easily.

Other Boots Services that might help

1. COPD and smoking

COPD is mainly caused by smoking, although that's not true for everyone. If you are a smoker, giving up is the single most important thing you can do to manage your condition. But we know that this isn't easy. Boots pharmacy teams can help you explore the available options to help increase your chances of quitting successfully as part of the stop smoking pharmacy service.

2. Repeat Prescription Service or Midnight Pharmacy

It is important to stay on top of your medication but if multiple trips to the pharmacy isn't a realistic option, you may find it convenient to use our Repeat Prescription Service. Or, if you need to make a trip to the pharmacy out-of-hours, you might want to visit one of our Midnight Pharmacies. Use the store locator to search for your local Boots pharmacy and find their opening hours.

3. Winter Flu Jab

If you have COPD, you may be more prone to chest infections. This entitles you to a free NHS winter flu jab. Alternatively, if you find it more convenient, you can get a flu jab at selected Boots stores*

*charges may apply

I care for someone with COPD, how can Boots help?

If you are looking after someone with COPD it can leave you feeling helpless but there are things you can do to help them cope with day-to-day activities. For example:

  • They may benefit from you encouraging them to take breaks and prioritise activities, so they can conserve their energy for when it matters most
  • You can also support them making lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and doing gentle physical activities
  • Check the person you're caring for is using their inhaler in the right way. Your local Boots pharmacist can help with this
  • You can practise breathing techniques together
  • Watch out for the signs of chest infection and know what to do if infection occurs
  • Familiarise yourself with the condition by reading about it on Boots
  • Find out about the pharmacy services available for people with COPD at Boots, to help them manage their condition and get the most from their medication. Clicking the icons below to find out about these

Being a carer is also likely to leave you needing some support. These organisations can offer some help:

Carers Direct at

Carers Trust at

Carers UK at

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