Support for people with respiratory conditions is available from several trusted sources, mostly third sector organisations. Each of the links below opens in a new window/tab.
Key help lines for people with respiratory conditions and their carers
CHSS's advice line - Chest Heart Stroke Scotland's advice line is staffed by nurses, and provides support and information for people living with lung disease, their family and carers. You can request booklets and factsheets to be sent to you. Ring 0808 801 0899 between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm
Asthma + Lung UK's helpline - You can speak to a caring expert on Asthma+Lung UK's helpline about anything - from how to manage your condition, to going on holiday. Or just to say hello. Call 0300 222 5800 on Monday to Friday, 9.15 am - 5 pm. Or WhatsApp about Asthma on 07378 606 728 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.asthmaandlung.org.uk/helpline to find out more.
Leaflets to download
Asthma + Lung UK - leaflets
Breathlessness Intervention Service - patient information leaflets
Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis - UK wide 3rd sector organisation which provides support and education and funds research and campaigns to raise awareness. The organisation provides a support line on 01223 785 725 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
Asthma + Lung UK - UK wide 3rd sector organisation which is working to transform lung health and make sure it gets the attention it deserves.
Breathlessness Intervention Service (BIS) - at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge - patient leaflets, audio and video about managing breathlessness.
Chest Heart Stroke Scotland (CHSS) - Scottish 3rd sector organisation supporting people and their families across Scotland with chest, (respiratory), heart and stroke conditions
MySelf-Management - MySelf-Management has been active for over ten years, promoting and supporting the vision of self-management of health for those living with long-term conditions. In broad terms, self management encourages and supports individuals to take greater responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and seek to live life to its full potential. It is about forging an equal partnership between the individual, health and other professionals and the community around them, to the mutual benefit of all.
My Lungs, My Life - a website created by a partnership including , CHSS and NHS Scotland with information and advice about asthma and COPD
NHS Inform - Scotland's national health information service has information about a wide range of illnesses, conditions, symptoms, tests, treatments, and healthy living. This includes a section about illnesses, infections and disorders of the lungs and airways
Additional help lines in case you need more general advice or emotional support
Citizens Advice Scotland - or call 0800 028 1456 for free, one-to-one and impartial general advice on employment, housing, debt, benefits and consumer issues like energy bills as well as many other topics. Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Breathing Space - a confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 who is feeling low, anxious or depressed - ring 0800 838587 - Monday to Thursday 6:00 pm to 2:00 am, Friday 6:00 pm to Monday 6:00 am
Cruse bereavement care Scotland - national helpline (and online webchat) - ring 808 802 6161 - Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, weekends 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm