Asthma Clinic

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This Practice Nurse-run Asthma Clinic provides advice and ongoing support for newly diagnosed and established asthmatics. All aspects of care are provided including assessing symptoms, triggers and treatments as well as self-management plans. Adjustments to medication and devices may be made if appropriate and prescriptions issued in liaison with Doctors.

All new patients with asthma registering with the Practice are invited to attend the Asthma Clinic and annually thereafter if well controlled.

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Please take the time to read an article about asthma written by our in-house pharmacist Rachel Looms:

Asthma is one of the most common long-term conditions in the UK, affecting 5.4 million people. It accounts for at least 6.3 million primary care consultations, 93, 000 hospital inpatient admissions, and costs the NHS £1.1 billion. Perhaps most alarmingly, the UK has one of the highest death rates from asthma in the world ; 1,410 people died from asthma in 2016 (the most recent data available). It is also saddening to discover that Asthma UK predict that two thirds of these deaths were preventable.

Patient education needs to be improved in an attempt to prevent complications and fatalities from asthma. Patients should be supported in completing a personal asthma action plan with their healthcare professional, which outlines the medication they are taking for their asthma, what to do if they are symptomatic, and when to seek help during an asthma attack. Asthma UK states that patients with PAAPs are four times less likely to be admitted to hospital with asthma related complications.

Furthermore, they can provide life-saving information during an asthma attack; 45% of people found to have died from their asthma in 2016 did not seek medical assistance, or died before assistance could be provided, and only 23% of these patients were known to have been provided with a PAAP.

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Chronic Disease Clinic

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Over the last few years we have been providing our Practice Nurses with advanced training in chronic disease management. This means that they have extensive knowledge and experience in the management of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma and high blood pressure. If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions, your GP will involve the Practice Nurse in your care at the earliest opportunity. We also offer a Specialist Health Clinic for patients with more complex cases.

Once your condition has been stabilized, the Practice Nurse will assume responsibility for the monitoring and routine follow-up of your chronic disease. This will involve you making an appointment to see the Practice Nurse regularly for a review. The Practice Nurse will advise you how frequently you need to be seen and if you need to have any blood tests taking before your appointment. If this monitoring reveals any problems that may require a significant change in therapy, the Practice Nurse will refer you back to your Doctor.

However, if at any time you develop new symptoms that you are concerned about, you should make an appointment to see either the Practice Nurse or your GP.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Clinic

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This chronic lung disease, primarily caused by smoking, can be very debilitating. This Practice Nurse-run clinic aims to improve quality of life for patients and control symptoms. An annual check provides an opportunity to assess lung function and monitor disease progression, address lifestyle issues and give support and advice.

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