Asthma

The University Health Service has asthma appointments available every week.

Our asthma nurses can help support you so you can look after your asthma better, make sure you’re taking the right medicine, show you how to use your asthma inhaler and go through your written asthma action plan with you. They will also carry out your regular asthma review with you.

Where appropriate, respiratory tests are performed to confirm the diagnosis and continually monitor progress.

What types of care are available at UHS?

The UHS asthma team look after all adults and children over 5 with asthma. We offer:

  • Annual reviews of asthma
  • Repeat prescriptions
  • Annual vaccination against influenza (flu)

If your asthma is particularly difficult to keep under control, or you are taking the maximum asthma therapy, then the asthma nurse or doctor may suggest referring you to a specialist at the hospital. 

Children under 5 are routinely looked after by hospital doctors for their asthma. 

How do I make an asthma appointment?

For routine reviews you can book online or over the phone. 

What should I do if my asthma has got much worse?

All people with asthma should have an asthma action plan which details what to do when things get worse and what to do in an emergency. We encourage you to follow this plan. 

If you don't have a plan or if your asthma has not responded to the plan, you should make an appointment to see a nurse practitioner or a doctor as soon as possible. Please let the receptionist know that your asthma is getting worse.

What should I do in an asthma attack?

Asthma attacks can be life threatening and should be taken very seriously. The following information from Asthma UK. If you asthma attack is not responding to treatment then you should dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.  

I'm concerned I might have asthma. What should I do?

It is helpful to keep a diary of your symptoms in this circumstance. You should make an appointment with a doctor to discuss your concerns.