Chesterfield Football Club are proud to support a scheme run by NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the British Lung Foundation.
Over 100 patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have benefited from the scheme backed by the Spireites, which has resulted in dramatic improvements to their lifestyles.
The health initiative was launched 12 months ago, and Chesterfield had the honour of hosting the first anniversary event at the Proact Stadium this week.
John Croot, community director at Chesterfield Football Club, said: “We are delighted to host the celebrations for this winning scheme which shows that people need not be beaten by lung disease.
“We would encourage any of our fans suffering from a lung condition to kick off to a healthier lifestyle by joining a Breathe Easy group where you can take charge of your condition, make lasting friendships and keep active.”
Patients are given the opportunity to learn all about their condition and how they can have an active life through a six week pulmonary rehabilitation programme, which is followed by the ongoing support of British Lung Foundation’s self-help Breathe Easy groups.
Dr Steve Lloyd, chair of NHS Hardwick CCG, said: “The legacy of the local coal mining industry combined with large numbers of smoker’s means that we have a high prevalence of people diagnosed with COPD.
“In just 12 months there has been a 25% reduction in COPD related emergency admissions and savings from avoiding unnecessary admissions are estimated at £170,000.”
Marie Smith, 72, is just one of the many patients who have seen a dramatic change in their quality of life.
She said: “My previous life was chronic and consisted of wheeze, coughing, steroids and antibiotics. When I was diagnosed three years ago I was totally shocked.
“The pulmonary rehabilitation programme completely turned around my life so that I now do 5,400 steps a day and can do two miles there and back with the assistance of a walker."
Sessions with the group take place on various days throughout the month, but for more information on Breathe Easy groups please contact the British Lung Foundation on 03000 030 555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.