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Asthma

Who to See: Sandra Barry

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.

We monitor our patients with asthma in both practices via our weekly clinics:

  • Manor Place on a Tuesday morning 
  • Sir John Kirk Close on alternate Wednesday mornings

Our asthma clinics are run alongside our chronic lung disease clinics by our specialist respiratory nurse Sandra Barry.  If you find it difficult to make these times then please just let our reception staff know and they will be happy to arrange for you to see Sandra at a more convenient time.

Patients attending these clinics will be provided with an action plan to assist and help to relieve symptoms and will be offered regular review of their medical treatment.  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

For more information please visit the websites below:

External Websites:

NHS Choices Index of conditions

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.