Your Asthma Action Plan

Your asthma action plan

One of the best ways to look after your asthma is to use an asthma action plan.

On this page:

What is an asthma action plan?

How does an asthma action plan help me?

How do I get an action plan?

3 ways to get the most out of your action plan

 

What is an asthma action plan?

An asthma action plan has all the information you need to help you stay well.

It tells you:

  • which medicines to take each day
  • how to spot if your asthma’s getting worse – and what to do
  • what an asthma attack is and what to do if you have one.

You fill it in with your GP or asthma nurse so it’s personal to you and your asthma.

Then take it along to all your asthma appointments so your GP or asthma nurse can keep it up to date.

Find out more about action plans for children here. 

How can an asthma action plan help me?

Using an action plan is one of the best things you can do to keep safe and well with your asthma.

Your asthma action plan:

  • makes it easier to look after your asthma every day so you’re less likely to need hospital treatment for an asthma attack
  • shows what to do if you have symptoms and the emergency action you need to take if you’re having an asthma attack
  • can help you explain to others how you look after your asthma, and what they need to do if your symptoms get worse or you have an asthma attack.

How to get an asthma action plan

If you’re not using an asthma action plan yet, it’s easy to get started:

  1. Download an asthma action plan here. If you can, print out a copy ready to take to your GP or asthma nurse.
  2. Book an asthma appointment with your  GP or asthma nurse
  3. At the appointment talk through the plan with your GP or asthma nurse and fill it in together. Ask them to save a copy onto your notes and send it to you on email, SMS or WhatsApp.

You can get an action plan for a child here.

You can also download an asthma action plan in Welsh.

3 ways to get the most out of your asthma action plan

1. Keep it where you can see it

Stick it on the fridge, or ask your GP or asthma nurse for a digital copy so you can save it on your phone. That way it’s always easy to find when you need it.

2. Share it with others

Whether it’s a paper or a digital copy, share your asthma action plan with friends, family, and co-workers so they know what to do if you have an asthma attack.

3. Check it once a month
Put a reminder on your phone or in your diary to check you’re taking your day-to-day medicines and you know what to do if your symptoms get worse.

Questions about your action plan?

Want to know more about using an action plan? Chat to one of Asthma UK’s friendly, expert nurses on 0300 222 5800 (9am - 5pm; Mon - Fri) or WhatsApp them on 07378 606 728

 

Last updated May 2020

Next review due May 2023

 

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