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How to get basic asthma care

Basic asthma care saves lives – are you getting what you should?

There’s good evidence to show that just three elements of basic asthma care can cut your risk of needing emergency treatment – and reduce any niggling symptoms affecting your life.

There’s lots you can do – for yourself, and with your GP or nurse – to make sure you get the care you deserve.

1. Use a written asthma action plan

If you do nothing else, do this. Use a written asthma action plan, and you’re four times less likely to end up in hospital with your asthma. Just fill it in with your GP or asthma nurse, then keep a picture on your phone to use or share whenever you need to.

Your plan will tell you what medicine to take and when, how to tell  your asthma’s getting worse and what to do, plus  help you spot the signs of an asthma attack that mean you need to call 999.

Download your asthma action plan now

2. Check your inhaler technique

Using your inhaler in exactly the right way can make the difference between your medicine reaching your lungs where it’s needed, or up to half of it ending up wasted at the back of your throat or in your mouth. It’s easy to get into bad habits – and even a tiny tweak can improve your symptoms and reduce any chance of side effects.

Watch our short videos to check your inhaler technique right now

3. Book in your annual asthma review

Think of this as your free asthma MOT. You can talk to your GP or asthma nurse about how you are, ask about any problems, and even check things like your peak flow readings so they can change your medicine or dose or reassure you that you can carry on as you are. You can also get your inhaler technique checked face to face. If your surgery hasn’t invited you for a review in the last 12 months, book an appointment yourself, and prep to make the most of that 10 minutes with our handy guide.

Find out how to get the most out of your annual asthma review