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Clinical physiology service manager Julie Chapman and respiratory nurse specialist Cara Cooper from Blackpool Victoria Hospital receive a nebuliser from Peter Anthony and Paul Lomax of the Queendean association

Clinical physiology service manager Julie Chapman and respiratory nurse specialist Cara Cooper from Blackpool Victoria Hospital receive a nebuliser from Peter Anthony and Paul Lomax of the Queendean association

Asthma sufferers from Fleetwood and Wyre are set to benefit from a generous donation by a local charity.

The Queendeans Association has handed over 12 nebulisers, valued at £1,050, for local chronic asthma sufferers after raising money to help local patients.

Nebulisers are used by people who have severe asthma symptoms or other lung diseases to help to open up the airways, or deal with an attack that comes on very quickly.

Very serious asthma attacks can be fatal, so the new equipment could literally prove to be life-saving.

The nebulisers were received by Julie Chapman, clinical service manager of the respiratory unit at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

She said: “A nebuliser is a vital piece of equipment for a chronic asthma sufferer, or someone with respiratory problems, as they greatly improve their condition, and we are delighted to receive these new ones from the Queendeans Association.

“They make a huge difference to the patient’s quality of life, because they mean the patient can provide their own care and doesn’t have to keep coming back to hospital for repeat visits.

“They are a piece of equipment that we always need.

“They will help around 20 patients before they will need to be replaced in around five years’ time. and we are really grateful to the Queendeans for thinking of us.’’

Peter Anthony, chairman of the Queendeans, said the group was delighted to support the hospital.

He said: “We at the Queendeans were so happy once again to provide another batch of nebulisers for BVH .

“They help multitudes of people across Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde, which fulfils our criteria as a charitable organisation. These nebulisers really can make a difference.”

If you would like to know more about the association, you can write to Paul Lomax, secretary, 46c Clifton Steet, Lytham.

 

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