Do you have asthma and are due your annual asthma review? Do you struggle to remember to take your preventer inhaler? If so, you are not alone. Dr Hickman is starting a new and exciting project of reviewing our patients with asthma online and as part of a group. If this pilot project is successful we will be moving on to other conditions such as diabetes and COPD.
Watch the video link below to find out more.
Dr Hickman’s passion is not only respiratory but also behaviour change. She is a certified Tiny Habits® coach, https://www.tinyhabits.com/, and is able to teach patients a behvaiour change model on how to remember to take their medication. This will also be covered as part of the group consultation.
Group consultations are not for everybody and we are not stopping 1:1, face to face reviews. However, if you are interested to be part of this exciting project please email us below and we will see if you are suitable and be in touch with you shortly.
For patients who are due an annual asthma review.
Please would you answer the questions on the form below and submit it to us.
If your symptoms are deteriorating or you have any concerns, please make an appointment to the respiratory nurse or a doctor as well.
Overuse of Blue Inhaler in Asthma
Do you have asthma and are using 1 or more blue inhalers a month? Using a blue ‘reliever’ inhaler too much is a sure sign that your asthma is out of control - increasing the risk of ending up in Hospital.
While deaths from asthma attacks are still relatively rare, they do occur. Most asthmatics are prescribed two types of inhaler - one designed to relieve the wheezing symptoms, and another to control the condition and reduce the frequency of attacks or prevent them entirely.
Research suggests it is possible to spot asthma patients at greatest risk of dying simply by checking how many ‘reliever’ inhalers they are getting through.
We are here to help you get your asthma under better control and stop you getting daily symptoms of shortness of breath, wheeze and/or chest tightness.
We will NEVER not issue a blue ‘reliever’ if you have run out. You may, though, have to speak to a GP before we re-issue it. We will then arrange an appointment for you with one of our doctors or nurses to help you get your asthma better under control. There are a lot of things we can do. Our aim is to get you using one or two blue ‘reliever’ inhalers a YEAR.
We are not trying to be difficult. We are doing this because we know that uncontrolled asthma is a serious issue and one we can help you with. We can get rid of your usual symptoms and help you get back to living your life without being short of breath, feeling tight chested or wheezing.
Are you a carer? We would like to know your views. Please see the Patient Questionnaire page for more details.