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The Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Clinic located at the South Health Campus sponsors the Calgary Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group. The support group meetings are open to all pulmonary fibrosis patients, their caregivers, families and friends and are held the first Tuesday of every month (except July). The meetings are also live-streamed to locations in Lethbridge, Pincher Creek, Medicine Hat and Red Deer.
Each meeting has an educational portion, with a speaker providing information on the topic chosen for the evening. These speakers are always specialists in the subject matter they are asked to speak on and topics have included: Managing Shortness of Breath, Oxygen Supplementation, Lung Transplantation, Clinical Trials, Updates on Research, Palliative Care, Planning Ahead, Travel Insurance, and much more. Testimonials from attendees are positive and many find it is so helpful to not feel alone in this journey full of such a multitude of challenges.
The education portion of the evening is followed by open discussion which allows members to interact and socialize with others in the group dealing with similar issues in managing and coping. They typically have anywhere from 15-40 members at each meeting and they respect all members’ desire to participate as much or as little as comfortable. They want everyone to feel welcomed and comfortable. Light refreshments are provided and supplemental oxygen is provided at each meeting for those in need.
This month our speaker is TBA. We hope you can join us!
Our meeting will also be video-conferenced to Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Pincher Creek and Lethbridge. See details below on how to access the meeting in those cities.
Lethbridge – Chinook Regional Hospital. Best access is thru the Community Lab doors on 17th Street entrance. Go past the lab counter to the end of the hall. Room 2K155 is in the southeast corner of the hall.
Red Deer Hospital – Conference Rm 3204
Red Deer Hospital is located at 3942 – 50A Ave. Site Contact: Donna Polutnik 403-506-0315.
Instructions to patients: Report to the Admitting Desk at Main Entrance and say you have a Telehealth appointment.
Medicine Hat Regional Hospital – Rm 2 Room is located by taking elevator behind Tim Hortons to Level 5, to the left at the end of the hall.
Please RSVP to Kirk.Mathison@albertahealthservices.ca with number of people attending, location attending and if you need oxygen. ****Oxygen will be available upon request at the East Calgary Health Centre only.