Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term for multiple chronic respiratory diseases that include chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
What can the COPD Program do for me?
The COPD Program can provide you with information, education and support on:
- Smoking Cessation (quitting smoking)
- Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health. The COPD Program uses the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation as a highly effective approach to quitting smoking. It focuses on helping you to quit smoking long term by providing counselling, cessation medications and follow-up.
Early detection and diagnosis:
- Targeted spirometry (breathing test that measures lung function)
- age 40+; smoking history; regular cough; regular production of phlegm; shortness of breath; wheeze with exertion; frequent colds persistent longer than normal
- Spirometry interpretation by qualified personnel
- Referral to specialist, where appropriate
Interventions and management:
- Self management support
- Individual and group education
- COPD Action Plan to help manage acute flare ups
- Lifestyle counseling (smoking cessation, healthy eating, physical activity, etc.)
- Secondary prevention
- Medication review
- Scheduled follow-up and monitoring
What is the INSPIRED COPD Program?
Implementing a Novel and Supportive Program of Individualized Care for Patients and Families Living with REspiratory Disease (INSPIRED) is a proactive hospital to home program aimed at improving the transition and discharge process.
You are eligible for the program if you:
- have a confirmed diagnosis of COPD; and
- live in a community dwelling, which means you do not live in a nursing home or a long-term care facility.
And have at least ONE of the following:
- been admitted to hospital due to COPD more than once in the past year;
- been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to COPD during the past year; or
- had frequent (three or more) visits to the Emergency Department because of your COPD.
INSPIRED is a collaborative program with acute care hospitals, primary care and home care that includes:
- a telephone call following hospital discharge;
- a home visit(s) by a COPD Educator;
- help with navigating the health care system and gaining access to programs and/or services;
- interventions and management of COPD;
- an opportunity to discuss advanced care planning; and
- a contact number if you have questions or concerns regarding your COPD.
Will I need a referral?
A physician or nurse practitioner referral is required for spirometry (breathing test that measures lung function).
Your family physician or nurse practitioner may refer you to a COPD Educator for education and support to assist you in managing your COPD, or you can call a COPD clinic in your area to make an appointment. A referral is not required.
How can I contact a COPD clinic?
King’s Primary Care Network
Eastern King’s Health Centre
7 Green Street
Souris, PE C0A 2B0
Telephone: (902) 687-7033
Fax: (902) 687-7166
Montague Health Centre
407 MacIntyre Avenue
Montague, PE C0A 1R0
Telephone: (902) 838-0830
Fax: (902) 838-0834
Queen’s East Primary Care Network
199 Grafton Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1L2
Telephone: (902) 620-3260
Fax: (902) 620-3295
Note: Outreach services are also provided at Boardwalk Professional Centre, Holland College, and Morell walk-in clinic.
Queen’s West Primary Care Network
Four Neighborhoods Health Centre
152 St. Peter's Road
Charlottetown, PE C1A 5P8
Telephone: (902) 620-3575
Fax: (902) 368-6936
Central Queens Health Centre
4276 Hopedale Road
Hunter River, PE C0A 1N0
Telephone: (902) 621-3050
Fax: (902) 621-3069
Gulf Shore Health Centre
(Central Queens Satellite Site)
7379 Cavendish Rd - Rte 6
North Rustico, PE C0A 1X0
Telephone: (902) 963-7835
Fax: (902) 963-7836
Note: Outreach services are also provided at Sherwood Medical Centre, Parkdale Medical Centre, Cornwall and Crapaud.
East Prince Primary Care Network
Kensington Health Centre
55 Victoria Street
Kensington, PE C0B 1M0
Telephone: (902) 836-0180
Fax: (902) 836-0183
Harbourside Health Centre
243 Heather Moyse Drive
Summerside, PE C1N 5R1
Telephone: (902) 432-2600
Fax: (902) 432-2610
Evangeline Health Centre
48 Mill Road
Wellington, PE C0B 2E0
Telephone: (902) 854-7259
Fax: (902) 854-7270
Note: Outreach services are also provided at the Summerside Medical Centre.
West Prince Health Network
Tyne Valley Health Centre
6905 Route 12
Tyne Valley, PE C0B 1P0
Telephone: (902) 831-5800
Fax: (902) 831-5828
O'Leary Health Centre
14 MacKinnon Drive
(adjacent to Community Hospital)
O'Leary, PE C0B 1V0
Telephone: (902) 859-3929
Fax: (902) 859-3922
Alberton Health Services
c/o Western Hospital
148 Poplar Street
Alberton, PE C0B 1B0
Telephone: (902) 853-0403
Note: Outreach services are also provided at the Tignish Co-op Health Centre and Lennox Island Health Centre.