North Orange Discount Drug Store will help Orange residents assess their risk, and manage symptoms, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on Wednesday.
In support of the Lung Foundation, the pharmacy will host a free information and awareness day.
Store pharmacist manager Tim Denham said about 7.5 per cent of Australians aged 40 years or older have COPD with symptoms affecting their daily lives, and more than half of these are undiagnosed.
“COPD can really impact on people’s lives, and we are fortunate enough to work with local respiratory specialists and physiotherapists to provide evidence-based education programs and assessments that we believe will help many people,” Mr Denham said.
“We need to raise awareness to the community about the importance of getting diagnosed early and managing the condition to reduce complications later in life.”
Throughout the awareness day, the store will offer free spirometry assessments, quit smoking advice, exercise and dietary education, medication advice, one-on-one private consultations, inhaler technique education, referrals to pulmonary rehab, referrals to the respiratory coordinated care program, and education for people living with COPD to feel confident in managing their symptoms.
Existing patients who are struggling with their inhaler device/s, or who feel they are not getting the most out of their medication can also speak to a pharmacist for more information and advice on improving their inhaler technique by booking in for a free inhaler technique check.
For more information contact North Orange Discount Drug Store on 6369 0004.