Asthma UK Helpline

The Asthma UK helpline is currently closed for the bank holiday

IMPORTANT, please note:


The Asthma UK helpline will be closed from 5pm Friday 25 May for the bank holiday period. The helpline will reopen on Tuesday 29 May at 9am.

You can still call and leave a message for one of our asthma nurses but please be aware the nurse will only be able to call you back on or after the 3 April 2018.

We are not an emergency service, if you are having asthma attack right now or cannot breathe normally and your blue reliever inhaler isn´t helping please call 999 for an ambulance now.

If you are having other difficulties with your asthma, please contact your GP. Alternatively, if you live in England, Scotland, or Wales you can also call 111. 

 

Who can call the Helpline?

Our small team of asthma expert nurses is here to support people with asthma, their families and friends, and healthcare professionals.

How can the Helpline help me?

Our friendly expert nurses can give advice and information tailored to you about:

  • diagnosis
  • treatment
  • managing symptoms
  • dealing with the side effects of asthma medicines.

There’s no such thing as a silly question. The more you know about your asthma, the better your chance of staying well, so don’t be afraid to ask. Our nurses are here to help.

Latest feedback results tell us…

  • 99 per cent of callers said they would recommend the service to others
  • 97 per cent felt they could manage their asthma better after speaking to our Helpline team.

How Asthma Uk's helpline helped me understand my child's asthma

Shakeela explains how Asthma UK’s Helpline nurses helped her to understand her sons’ asthma better.

Video: How Asthma Uk's helpline helped me understand my child's asthma

Shakeela explains how Asthma UK’s Helpline nurses helped her to understand her sons’ asthma better.
Transcript for ‘How Asthma UK’s helpline helped me understand my child’s asthma better’

0:04 I called the helpline and they were very helpful actually.

0:07 Actually, they gave me a lot of advice, they answered all my questions.

0:11 I got so much help and I’m so grateful to Asthma UK

0:15 for pointing me in the right direction and giving me lots of advice

0:19 regarding my child and how to educate the school staff

0:24 and just basically, just generally, how to

0:27 keep on top of my child’s asthma.

You can call the Helpline Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, except on bank holidays and between Christmas and New Year. The service may be closed for short periods at other times for training.

Can I leave a message and get you to call me back?

During busy times we may not be able to answer your call straight away. If that happens, please leave us a message, including your name and number. One of our nurses will call you back as soon as possible. We will attempt to phone you back three times, so if you are unable to take our calls, contact the Helpline again. Please note that when we call back it will show on your handset as a private number.

What if it’s an emergency?

If you are having an asthma attack right now, or you can’t breathe normally and your reliever inhaler (usually blue) isn’t helping, please hang up and call 999 for an ambulance. If you are having other difficulties with your asthma, please contact your GP. You can also call NHS Direct on 111 (for England and Scotland), or 0845 46 47 (in Wales).

How much does it cost to call?

Calls to the Helpline are charged at a local rate. Calling the Helpline should cost no more than any 01 or 02 number, and will count towards any inclusive minutes in a phone contract.

What if I have speech or hearing difficulties?

We offer the Type Talk facility for callers who have speech difficulties and/or hearing difficulties and who have access to a textphone. A Type Talk operator will join the line to relay the conversation.

What will you do with my personal information?

The nurses will only use any personal information you provide to deal with your enquiry. In rare situations they may have to break that confidentiality, for example if a caller is at risk of harm from themselves or from others. You can read our privacy policy here. 

We keep anonymised details of the nature of calls to the helpline so we can continue to improve the helpline service.

How can I get the most out of the call?

The more information you can tell us about your asthma, the more we can tailor our advice. So if you can, have these things to hand when you call.

  • Written asthma action plan or symptom calendar.
  • Best peak flow score (and current score).
  • Any inhalers or medicines you’re currently taking.

Remember: the Helpline offers advice, information and support, but not medical treatment or care. Seek advice from your GP or other healthcare provider as needed.

Your feedback

At the end of your call, you may be asked to provide feedback on the service you received. This is an automated telephone survey which asks for simple yes/no responses to five questions. This feedback helps us make sure we keep getting better at helping people affected by asthma. We’re very grateful to everyone who takes the time to do this.