Benbulben COPD Support Group



“ Benbulben C.O.P.D. Support Group Sligo Meeting”

 (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)


Sligo Southern Hotel

Strandhill Rd.,


We meet the last Wednesday of every month 

From 4 pm to 6 pm

A presentation will be given by a guest speaker:  

Nurse specialist   will be there to answer questions

All members, please attend

Come along for a cup of tea & a chat

Meet others with COPD  and their families

Special thank you to Management and staff of

Sligo Sothern Hotel for sponsorship of a room and refreshments to hold our meetings during the year and the ballroom for our concert in October

The meeting will be open to anyone who has COPD and will be informal.

This will be an ideal opportunity for people with COPD and their families to discuss ways of making people more aware of COPD and how to cope with this debilitating disease.

For more information, you may contact me:  Michael Tel, 071 9143172


  Respiratory Nurse  Tel. 071 9136854 Ext 4272 or bleep 107,

Robert Pulmonary Rehabilitation Co-ordinator  071 9174567

“Alone we can do so little : Together we can make a difference.”


Benbulben COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Support Group Sligo Launch

The Benbulben COPD support group was launched in The Southern Hotel on, Wednesday 25th July 2007. The group got off to a good start with a large attendance on the day.

COPD, also known as Emphysema or Chronic Bronchitis, and Alpha-1 is a common illness affecting up to 110,000 adults in Ireland and is more prevalent in people over 50.  COPD is the second cause of respiratory deaths in Ireland. The condition’s most common symptoms are shortness of breath and cough.

Support groups are primarily run by members for members with some help from health professionals and others.

COPD Support Groups can also be an opportunity to highlight concerns and can act as a voice for its members.

The aim of a COPD support group is to offer support to individuals, their families, and carers.

The COPD support group will hope to provide a forum where members can:

Share experiences

Provide information on the illness, on medications and on new developments, etc.

Offer advice on healthy lifestyles, such as diet and nutritional information or help with, for example, smoking cessation.

Organise social events and outings.

Promote continuing rehabilitation.

Guest speakers are invited e.g. Pharmacists, Specialist Nurses, and Physiotherapists or other

Meetings are planned to last a couple of hours.  Refreshments are available and there is an opportunity to mix and chat with other members.  It is planned that the Benbulben COPD Support Group will meet on the last Wednesday of every month. in the Sligo Southern Hotel,  Sligo.

Notice of the meeting will be circulated to GPs clinics and in the papers.


Michael McGloin


TEL NO: 071 9143172


“Alone we can do so little : Together we can make a difference.”

COPD Support Group

COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the second leading cause of death in Ireland. Caused mainly by smoking, COPD has no cure once a patient is affected. Although quitting smoking may help, COPD cannot be cured completely.

A patient coming to terms with the fact that COPD is a lifetime illness needs care, understanding, and support. Although family and friends are great support, they may be lacking information about combating this deadly disease. In such cases, COPD support groups are of great help to the patient and his or her family.

COPD support groups provide a reliable platform for the patient to air his concerns about the disease and get adequate medical and emotional support. Most of the support groups provide vital information to the members, address their medical and emotional concerns, share valuable information about fighting COPD, and assist the members in quitting. Also, by joining a COPD support group, a patient understands that he or she is not the only one suffering from this disease, and there are others like him or her coping with COPD. More often than not, it gives more strength to the patient to fight the disease.

When a patient is diagnosed with COPD, coping with the disease is as important to him or her as taking the medicines. If the patient is not handling the emotional trauma well, it may cause irritability, mistrust, frustration, lack of energy, etc, and make the fight against the disease all the more difficult. A support group readily understands the patient’s problem and works towards controlling the disease.

The COPD support group will provide information on medicines, Rehab exercise class, and the correct eating habits to the patients. They also help their members to quit smoking and provide moral and emotional support.

Help is never too far away!

The COPD support group is an ideal opportunity for people with COPD to meet and discuss ways of raising more awareness about COPD and how to cope with this debilitating disease.

“Alone we can do so little : Together we can make a difference.”

We need a Pulmonary Rehab and a COPD Support Group in every county




Sligo COPD Support Group

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