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Keep Your Details up to Date
Please do update your contact details (box at the bottom of screen) with home and mobile. You will receive appointment reminders and occasional requests for information by text.

 

Budgets
Patients are quite rightly getting more and more frustrated at not getting what they want, when they want it! Please be assured that we are your advocates and we act in your best interests. But we do have to prescribe cost-effectively, and refer for medical reasons when we can't manage your problem, not simply for your peace of mind. You will not find a GP practice these days which will oblige your every wish without discussion!

 

Photo ID

You may be asked for a photo for our records. This reduces problems where patients are mistaken for each other when they consult another GP within the practice. PHONE CALLS may be recorded for your protection.

 

Sickness Certificates

The first 7 days of sickness do not require a certificate from your GP. If your employer insists on a sickness form, complete a Self-Certification form, which can be found here

 

 

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What is Asthma?

Asthma is the temporary narrowing of hypersensitive airways due to inflammation.
Salbutamol (the blue puffer) temporarily relieves asthma by opening up the airways for a short period of time.  If you find yourself using the Reliever more than 3 times a week, then you should also be taking a Preventor (Clenil) every day. The Preventor reduces inflammation around the airways. If you have a Preventor but still find you are using the Reliever too often (more than 4 times a day or in the middle of the night more than once a week), you should book into see the Nurse for a review.

Hyperventilation it isn't the whole story though. Lots of people (including asthmatics) take very frequent shallow breaths, rather than long deep breaths and this gives a restricted feeling. Sometimes it can even give tingling in the hands. Learning to breathe properly can help some people and even 'cure' what was initially thought to be asthma. You could try a Lung Trainer but should always check with a clinician before use.

Allergies

Inflammation can be triggered by things that you are allergic too. In some asthmatics, the temporary narrowing (constriction) of the bronchi (airways) can be triggered by cats, dogs or house dust mites. This can be seen in the nose in the way of redness and polyps; an over the counter nasal spray may help.

Fitness

Improving your general fitness level will help your asthma. There are some asthmatics that only wheeze with exercise, and only take a blue Reliever before starting to exercise. But fitness is important to your overall health.

Annual Checks
We are obliged to review your asthma at least once a year. Often, people put up with their symptoms or just put their breathlessness down to being unfit. If you are unable to book an appointment with any of our nurses, download our questionnaire and drop it by. We will not be able to do prescriptions if an annual check is not done.

All of our nurses have Asthma training and depending on whether you need a review, have a problem with one of your medications or you have just been diagnosed, our reception team can book you in with the right clinician.

 
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