If you have asthma we need to see you at least once a year (or every six months if you are under 16 years) for a review of your asthma symptoms and current inhaler medication. If your asthma is kept well controlled you should be able to undertake your normal daily activities, sleep and exercise with no or very few asthma symptoms and have little need of your inhaler. If you have been admitted to hospital or attended out of hours it is important that you contact the surgery for an appointment as soon as possible.
At an asthma review the nurse will:
- Ask about your asthma symptoms during the day, night and during any activity/exercise
- Check your peak flow rate
- Check your inhaler technique and discuss any alternative devices if you are experiencing any problems
To book an appointment for an asthma review, contact the surgery and ask for an asthma review appointment with Tammy Marriott, Natalie Birch or Ailsa Lewis, our asthma nurses, and bring along your current inhalers, spacer and peak flow meter when you attend.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a common disease which affects about five million people in the UK and often starts in childhood, but it can happen for the first time at any age – even in people in their 70s or 80s.
Asthma affects the airways – the tubes carrying air in and out of the lungs. People with asthma have sensitive airways which become irritated in some situations. The airways become narrow and sometimes produce more mucus than usual, making it difficult to breathe.
Asthma may get better or disappear completely during teenage years, but about one third of children with asthma will go on to have problems as an adult. Asthma can run in families, but many people with asthma do not have relatives with the condition.
Asthma can’t be cured, but it can be controlled so that attacks can be prevented. Most people with asthma who receive proper treatment (and take it correctly) can lead normal lives.