A specialist respiratory nurse from West Cumbria has been presented with a regional award for her work helping patients with lung conditions.
Karen Hammond was presented with a North West British Lung Foundation Breath of Fresh Air Award for her commitment and dedication to respiratory services.
Karen said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be nominated and to win such an award and is a testament to the hard work of the whole respiratory team and the West Cumbria Breathe Easy group, who work tirelessly to raise awareness and support people with lung conditions.
“Living with a respiratory condition such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) can be very difficult and debilitating especially if people don’t know how to manage their condition to prevent exacerbations. This can in turn lead to the person becoming very ill and recurrently admitted to hospital.
“By raising awareness of the condition and by offering support in the community it’s hoped we can help as many people as many possible, recognise if they have a lung condition, and help them to manage it in the best way possible ensuring them the best quality of life possible.”