"My life has improved as a result of the help received from the COPD matron"

About: Bassetlaw Hospital / Respiratory medicine Retford Hospital / Respiratory medicine

(as the patient),

I have been receiving help for years from the COPD unit at Worksop and Retford. During this time I never really felt I was getting anywhere with my treatment - I was sometimes having to use my nebuliser up to 20 times per day and I was at Hospitals all the time, I felt the help was genuine but I felt that my condition wasn't ultimately treatable.

Three years ago I was allocated a carer and this has changed my life. I now have renewed confidence and feel in control of my life again. I have gradually stopped using my nebuliser and no longer have to visit hospitals apart from the occasional visit. My carer has also become my friend and thanks to her help I am now back in control of my life.

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