Asthma check-ups and asthma action plans

asthma action plan leafletAsthma sufferers must attend an asthma check-up with their GP or asthma nurse at least once every 12 months.

If you suffer from asthma and have NOT had an asthma check-up in the last year please book an appointment with your GP surgery as soon as possible.

Asthma check-ups are important and will usually include breathing tests, inhaler technique, symptoms, triggers, use of spacer devices, and a medicines review.

Check-ups will often also include completing an asthma action plan with your GP or nurse. Patients that use a written action plan are four times less likely to be admitted to hospital.

You should seek urgent medical help if:

  • You need to use your salbutamol more than 4 times daily.
  • Your inhaler relieves symptoms for less than 4 hours.
  • Your breathing is getting worse, despite using treatment.
  • You get chest pains or increasing tightness in the chest after using your inhaler.

You are advised to have an early check-up with a nurse or doctor if:

  • You need to use your salbutamol inhaler more than 2 or 3 times a week.
  • You are having ongoing breathing symptoms such as a cough at night, uncontrolled shortness of breath, or worsening breathing symptoms.

Dr Fox sends letters to GP surgeries each time an inhaler is supplied to confirm asthma checks are up-to-date. People ordering asthma treatment are required to upload a copy of photo ID (passport or driving license).

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