Asthma remains a serious illness and if you are at all concerned that your asthma is getting worse you should ask for an emergency appointment with your doctor or nurse. Please make it clear to one of our Patient Navigators that you are asthmatic.
Asthma Clinic at Parkside Medical Centre
Our practice nurses have specialist asthma qualifications. They run clinics in order that asthma may be assessed, advice offered, queries answered and correct treatment ensured.
Patients on asthma medication should be reviewed at least once a year by our specialist asthma nurses. If you have not had your asthma review in the past year please contact one of our Patient Navigators.
Useful Information & Advice
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition which affects the airways, when a person with asthma comes into contact with a trigger (for example pollen, house dust mite or cold air) it causes their airways to tighten and narrow, which can make it difficult to breathe. Find out more at Patient UK.
Self Management of Asthma
Asthma is generally a chronic condition, although some people can grow out of it, therefore it is important that you are aware of things which can help to improve your asthma:
- Know your asthma triggers and preparing for them by having asthma relievers and preventers with you at all times
- Stop smoking – as smoking affects the airways and can worsen the condition
See this website for more information on how to self manage your asthma.
Using your Asthma Inhaler
Inhaler technique is a vital part of managing asthma in order to get as much treatment into your lungs as possible. See these websites for information and video on how to use your inhaler effectively:
Asthma Attacks – what to do
It is important that you know what to do when you have an asthma attack so that you can immediately stop it from getting any worse. See these websites for more information on managing an asthma attack.
- NHS Choices – Asthma
- Asthma UK
- British Lung Foundation
- British Thoracic Organisation UK
- Global Initiative for Asthma
- Thunderstorm related Asthma
- NHS Choices – Travelling with Asthma
- Asthma UK – Living with Occupational Asthma
Videos from NHS Choices
Asthma is a chronic condition that can be managed but not cured. This video explains asthma in detail.
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.