What you can do
The latest report from The British Lung Foundation 'Out in The a Cold' highlights the steep rise in lung disease admissions to hospitals in recent years. The most common reason for admissions in adults are pneumonia, lower respiratory infections and COPD.
It tells us that although for many winter is a magical time of year, for people with lung disease it can be a source of worry and concern. Every winter, hospitals and GP surgeries see an influx of people with lung conditions. Cold weather can bring on a flare-up. There are 80% more lung disease admissions in the winter months of December, January and February than there are in the warmer spring months of March, April and May. Lung disease admissions have a greater impact on NHS services than most people think. The report warns that a failure to address a predictable and obvious seasonal variation in respiratory admissions is at the heart of our A&E winter crisis. It's potentially causing patients needless harm.
If you have a long-term condition like COPD, you’ll feel better if you self-manage your condition and take back some control of your life.