Lawn bowls, quoits and bingo saw current and former patients and staff putting their skills to the test at Centenary Park Merrylands to mark World COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Day.
Bingo was popular, with winners awarded prizes and the bowling and quoits had competitors being active and challenged.
Former patient Allan Allsop, aged 72, had everyone gasping for air as he hit his targets in quoits.
“I recently completed the hospital’s pulmonary rehabilitation program and I’m using the skills and techniques to manage my lung condition,” Allan said.
“The friendliness of the staff, the interaction and the games were great fun especially the bingo – it was quite ingenious.”
Westmead Hospital’s Respiratory Ambulatory Care Service clinical co-ordinator Mary Roberts said the day was held to get people talking about COPD.
“COPD is a preventable and treatable disease which causes breathlessness, coughing and chest infections,” Mary said.
“It was great to see so many patients and supporters wearing the green COPD shirts and participating in the awareness day activities.”
Westmead Hospital’s pulmonary rehabilitation program provides an exercise and education program which improves patients’ quality of life and reduces breathlessness especially for patients with COPD.
The theme for World COPD was “All Together to End COPD”. The day was funded by donations from patients and Woolworths Merrylands.