Patients with Asthma

We are experiencing a lot of concerns from patients with asthma and requests for inhalers and steroid tablets. As with all medications, we as clinicians must ensure responsible prescribing at a time when supply chains are likely to disrupted and workload pressures increased.

We are advising that anyone who has asthma follow Asthma UK advice. Rescue packs can be issued if they are part of your normal asthma treatment plan.

If you have a historical diagnosis of asthma but have not needed to use inhalers or needed a course of oral steroids in the past 2 years, please do not request them. This will reduce the workload burden on the doctors and ensure that we have adequate supply for people who will need them.

It is also important that we are able to clinically assess, either remotely or in person, anyone with worsening respiratory symptoms to determine what treatment is appropriate on them rather than remotely issuing medications that may not be of benefit.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these difficult times.

We would like to apologize to all our patients for the unacceptably slow service from the dispensary. We are aware that we have been unable to fulfil the turnaround times for repeat prescriptions that we had promised, and we are also aware that many patients have had to queue for long periods of time to collect their medication.

We have been facing unprecedented demand at a time when we are looking to recruit a new dispensary manager and when we have had high levels of staff sick leave.

Please be assured that we are taking active steps to improve the dispensary and we hope to be able to provide a better service in the New Year.