I’ve heard about “rescue packs” from GP practices for people with Asthma. Is this true?

I’ve heard about “rescue packs” from GP practices for people with Asthma. Is this true?

We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

While “rescue packs” for people with illnesses such as COPD do exist, they are usually given to patients as part of their clinical management plan for a flare-up or exacerbation of their COPD, not to prevent COVID19.

If you have Asthma, COPD or any other respiratory condition you are at increased risk and should follow the government’s advice to self isolate by staying at home and restricting contact with other people as much as possible. People with severe asthma should follow the full advice for people considered to be extremely vulnerable which can be found here.

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to NHS 111 online before doing anything else. Continue to use your preventer inhaler as prescribed and keep your blue reliever inhaler handy in case you need to use it. You can telephone your GP practice or normal nurse if you have any concerns or need other advice about your condition. Please monitor your medication carefully and order new inhalers as and when you need them – but please only order what you need and in plenty of time – you can have someone collect your prescription for you or have it delivered if your pharmacy offers this.

Please help us to help you by only ordering the medication that you need and please do not ask for more than 28 days supply.