Support group ready to help

PUBLISHED: 11:29 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

HELP could be available for people in Potters Bar who suffer from lung disease. The Breathe Easy support group, which has been set up by the British Lung Foundation, will look at helping sufferers in Hertsmere.

HELP could be available for people in Potters Bar who suffer from lung disease.

The Breathe Easy support group, which has been set up by the British Lung Foundation along with West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust's respiratory team, will look at helping sufferers in Hertsmere.

A public meeting will be held this afternoon (Wednesday) to hear what residents would like to see from the group, which will offer support and information to anyone affected including carers, and help them to cope with day-to-day living.

In attendance will be representatives from the British Lung Foundation and Dr Rama Vancheeswaran from Barnet Hospital.

Clair Evans, development officer at the British Lung Foundation, said: "This group would give people in the Hertsmere area the opportunity to make friends and talk to health care professionals in an informal environment.

"Having lung disease can be a frightening and often isolating experience and the Breathe Easy group provides a great support network."

Cathy Hurst, a pulmonary rehabilitation physiotherapist, said: "People often take breathing for granted until they, or a loved one, develop a problem.

"We want to open a much-needed service to local people living with lung disease.

"We hope that many people will turn up to support the group."

The meeting starts at 2pm at Allum Hall in Allum Road, Borehamwood.

For advice call the British Lung Foundation helpline on 08458 50 50 20.

For more information about the meeting contact Clair Evans on 0207 688 5555.

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