Asthma

All our nurses and doctors are fully trained in diagnosing and managing asthma. Symptoms of asthma can include a chronic cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and  recurrent chest infections.

All asthmatics should have an asthma review annually. At your asthma review our nurses will:

  • Check that your symptoms are controlled currently. If you are needing your salbutamol inhaler more than once a day or noticing your asthma symptoms are effecting your sleep, daily activities or ability to exercise, then you might need an alteration to your prescription
  • Look into triggers which may be causing your symptoms e.g. pets, dust, weather change, smoke, respiratory infections
  • Check your inhaler technique
  • Create a self management plan with you, so you know what to do if your symptoms deteriorate
  • Give you your flu jab
  • If you smoke, give you smoking cessation advice.

If you would like to learn more about asthma please see these useful links below:

 

Videos from NHS Choices

Asthma is a chronic condition that can be managed but not cured. This animation explains asthma in detail:

The symptoms of childhood asthma, how it can be treated, and which inhaler is right for children:

Child Asthma – A Real Story. Tashaurn, his mum and his nurse talk about living with child asthma:

Professor Peter Barnes from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College, London, explains what he would want to know if he was diagnosed with asthma: