Swansea shoppers will be able to see how well their lungs work, thanks to free spirometry tests at Quadrant Shopping Centre as part of the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy Week initiative (18 – 22 June).
Swansea University’s Respiratory and Sleep Science Department has teamed up with the local Breathe Easy group to run a special event dedicated to offering this service, with the tests taking place on Friday 22 June.
This year, the annual campaign is encouraging everyone to ‘love your lungs’. Nikki Williams, senior lecturer and programme director for respiratory and sleep sciences, said: “The aim of the event is to raise awareness of respiratory diseases and to offer a simple check to the public that will identify those who should go and see their GP to have further assessment.
“By running this event in Quadrant Shopping Centre, which is at the heart of the city, we are able to speak to so many more people in the community, allowing us the chance to provide vital information on how important it is to take care of your lungs.”
The spirometry test is designed to assess for lung conditions, in particular chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). This includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic fixed asthma. Visitors to the centre, who are over 35, heavy smokers or experiencing increased breathlessness when exercising are advised to come along on the day and get tested.
Lisa Hartley, Quadrant Shopping Centre manager, said: “By working in partnership with such organisations as the British Lung Foundation and Swansea University, we are able to bring life-changing services to our customers.
“Taking this simple test will only take a few minutes out of your shopping trip but the long-term benefits could have such important implications. This event offers a great opportunity in which to speak to professionals about possible concerns that shoppers may have. I’m sure that the day will prove worthwhile to everyone involved.”
For further information on the British Lung Foundation, COPD and Breathe Easy Groups please visit British Lung Foundation Support.
Swansea University is the only university in Wales to offer a degree in Respiratory & Sleep Physiology Degree. Graduates of this course work in the NHS using technology to diagnose lung conditions and offer treatment for some breathing problems that occur during sleep.