Asthma care in the NHS

From the moment you, or your child, go to your GP with asthma symptoms, the NHS can support you

Female GP in an asthma consultation

Asthma care in the NHS

We’ve put together lots of useful information about what to expect from your asthma care in the NHS.

If you have asthma, there’s lots of support you can get from the NHS. Whether you want to make sure your symptoms are well controlled enough for you to get a good night’s sleep or you want to feel confident running a marathon, your GP and other healthcare professionals are there to help you. Here’s how to get the best from the NHS for you or your child. 

Get the best from the NHS

Find out what NHS treatment and support you can get for your asthma, and how you can work with your GP and other healthcare professionals, whether it’s for your routine asthma care, or referrals to other specialist services. It’s encouraging to know that in our 2016 annual asthma survey the majority of people rated their asthma care as either satisfactory or excellent, with just 15 per cent saying that it was poor. But if you haven’t felt satisfied  with your asthma care, we offer suggestions on how you can improve things, and advice on using NHS processes to make a complaint 

Meet your asthma healthcare team

Good relationships with members of your healthcare team can really help you to manage your asthma well. Working together, you can spot any changes in your asthma, and find the treatment plan that works for you. In this section, find out about who might be involved in your asthma care, the role they will play, and how to build a good working relationship with them.

Emergency asthma care

Every 10 seconds someone in the UK has an asthma attack. In this section you can find out more about how the NHS cares for you if your asthma gets worse and you need emergency treatment or a hospital stay. 

Specialist asthma care

Most people with asthma manage their asthma well with the help of their GP or asthma nurse. But around 17% of all people with asthma have severe asthma or asthma that’s difficult to control, and may need specialist care. Here you can find out more about who is referred to specialist asthma care services, what specialist asthma care includes, and how you can make your case for a specialist care referral. 

Last updated September 2016

Next update due September 2019