Respiratory Special Interest Group (SIG)

Respiratory illness is a common issue for frail older people, and includes conditions such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. There are several areas of concern for BGS members including appropriate use of oxygen, changes in lung function with age and inhaler technique. Newer treatments in fibrotic lung disease need highlighting and the effects of air pollution on the oldest people are being evaluated.

BGS members generally welcome the opportunity to receive appropriate education at the National conferences and at other events supported by the BGS. As the long standing chair of this group it has been my privilege to work on a number of steering groups on behalf of the BGS, including the emergency oxygen guidelines, the National audit of COPD and currently the Taskforce for lung health. I also comment on a number of policy documents.

However the group has failed to have regular meetings recently probably due to the rival commitments that members have. I believe there is a role for this group to become more active in the future as it was a few years ago. I know that there are also several research active members and this could be a useful group for them.  Perhaps you’d like to represent the BGS at some of these National groups? I would encourage anyone who wishes to be involved in the SIG, maybe even to become its chair, to get in touch and perhaps we can start up some regular meetings and a discussion forum?  

Meantime we do have popular sessions that are  organised at Spring or Autumn conferences and I look forward to seeing you at one of these.

Chris Dyer
Consultant Geriatrician