An asthma review is an appointment with a doctor or nurse to talk about your asthma and discuss ways in which you can control your symptoms better. Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal.
Please make it clear to reception staff that you are asthmatic when you phone. Our practice nurses have specialist asthma qualifications. They run clinics in order that asthma may be assessed, advice offered, queries answered and the correct treatment ensured. Patients on asthma medication should be seen at least once a year in the asthma clinic for a check up with the nurse.
The following factsheets, available from Patient UK give information and advice on a variety of asthma related topics:
- What is asthma; who does it affect?
- Management of Adult Asthma
- Management of Childhood Asthma
- Medicines inside inhalers; types of inhaler devices
- Peak Flow Meter
- NHS Choices – Asthma’s symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and living with the condition
- Asthma UK – an independent UK charity dedicated to conquering asthma.
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.