Grampian Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

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Grampian Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

The Grampian Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group runs every two months at the Balgownie Bowling Club, Bridge of Don. The meeting is organised by Catherine Bamlett (Respiratory Nurse Specialist ILD) and is to support patients and families in Aberdeen and the north-east of Scotland.

The first meeting was held back in 2015 led by Catherine Bamlett, the respiratory nurse who supports the pulmonary fibrosis patients. Dr Dempsey the ILD specialist consultant at ARI spoke to the group and announced the excellent news that Catherine had just been appointed as an ILD specialist nurse at ARI.

Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis (APF) had assisted in the setting up of the first meeting and would continue to support the establishment of the group and APF chairman, Mike Bray spoke about his experience as a patient and of his involvement in the setting up and running of the Papworth PF Support Group.

A summary of the work of the charity was provided by Elizabeth Bray, secretary and trustee of APF.

A general discussion followed to assess the level of interest in taking the group forward. This was very positive with everyone keen to have regular meetings and two patients offering to assist Catherine with the organisation and running of the group.

Future meetings

It was agreed to arrange meetings every two months. Topics for the meetings would be considered with all agreeing that the opportunity to meet others was important as well as receiving information and updates about treatments and disease management.

Consideration would also be given to supporting patients in rural areas who would find it difficult to attend meetings in Aberdeen.

Refreshments will be provided in the way of tea, coffee. biscuits and sandwiches

If you live in the North East of Scotland  area please come along if you can.

For meeting information please contact:

Jim Simpson 01224 703704