Asthma

This service is run for patients who suffer from Asthma and COPD.

We aim to allow all patients with these conditions to have a regular review of their condition to ensure they are being optimally treated. The practice is currently developing new policies to better suit the needs of patients. When available, any changes will be communicated to patients with Asthma and COPD.

If you are having an acute worsening of your Asthma or COPD you should make contact with reception to give you a same day appointment or telephone discussion with the duty Doctor.

Asthma is a common condition that causes coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and breathlessness. Most people with asthma who take the appropriate treatment can live normal lives, but left untreated, asthma can cause permanent damage to the airways

Symptoms of asthma

The usual symptoms of asthma are

  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in the chest.

Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people experience them from time to time; a few people may experience these symptoms all the time.

Treatment of asthma

There isn’t a cure for asthma. However, treatments are available to help manage your symptoms. Your treatment plan will be individual to you, combining medicines and asthma management in a way that works best for you

Living with asthma

Medicines are only part of your treatment for asthma. You will also need to deal with the things that make it worse. Keep a diary to record anything that triggers your asthma – this can help you to discover a pattern. Using a peak flow meter to monitor your lung function can also help. If you have repeatedly low readings in a certain situation (for example, at the end of a working day, after exercise or after contact with an animal) this may indicate the trigger.

Useful Links

  • Asthma UK
    This website has been revamped to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma or how to control it
  • Asthma
    An excellent resource with useful video, audio, images and references relating to asthma.
  • NHS Choices – Asthma
    Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Asthma.