An asthma review is an appointment with the asthma nurse to talk about your asthma. It's a chance to talk about how to manage your symptoms better. If you don't usually have symptoms it is also important so your asthma remains well controlled.
Usually the surgery will invite you for an annual asthma review. But if you having asthmatic symptoms don't wait for an annual asthma review if you're having problems with your asthma. Use our guide to find out why should I attend an asthma review and how to get the most out of your appointment.
For guidance on how to use your inhalers correctly watch these Inhaler techniques videos.
All people with diabetes should undergo a diabetes care review at least once annually. Your diabetic review will allow the clinicians to monitor your health.
They will also use your annual review to assess aspects such as your long term blood glucose control, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Some people, such as those newly diagnosed, children, or those with complications present may have a diabetic review more often than annually. You will need to book a blood test 2 week prior to your appointment.
Use our guide to find out why should I attend a diabetic review and how to get the most out of your appointment.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
All patients suffering from COPD should have an annual review, they are prone to acute respiratory exacerbations, which can develop suddenly or sub-acutely over the course of several days. Exacerbations have a detrimental effect on patients’ health. During your review the nurse may review your BMI, your inhaler technique, and any adverse side effects of your treatment and evaluate if your COPD has developed.
Use our guide to find out what may be covered in your COPD review.
People with Rheumatoid arthritis have a greater risk of developing some other health issues such as Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke. During a Rheumatoid Arthritis annual review these risks are analysed and discussed so that steps can be put in place to reduce these risks. As well as a medication and side effects review, your height, weight, BP, pulse and smoking history are recorded to create a Q-risk. Reviews are also your chance to ask any questions about your condition.
We offer annual reviews to our patients who are living with dementia. It is mainly a catch up to ensure that everything is as good as it can be, check their BP, weight and medications and offer any extra support that has become available since your last review or that may be needed due to gradual decline.
We prefer it if a family member or someone who regularly supports the patient can come with them so we can see if there is any way we can help them too.