In 2013, two Greek CF patients contacted a member of CHI at an international CF meeting to ask for help in improving the Athens adult CF service. Subsequently both patients visited the Adult CF centre in Southampton and were able to observe a working day in the department. The patients were particularly keen on improving their access to a trained CF physiotherapist.
At Southampton we were fortunate in having a Greek Doctor as a member of our team, Dr Valia Kechagia. She was able to translate and make subsequent contact with the Athens service. With the financial help and planning from CHI, members of the Southampton Adult CF team were invited to visit the Athens CF service and to speak to a group of CF patients about CF care.