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Asthma and COPD adviceline launched

Saturday, 17th October, 2020 9:36am
Asthma and COPD adviceline launched

The Asthma and COPD Adviceline is a free call-back service for asthma and COPD patients,

Asthma and COPD adviceline launched

The Asthma and COPD Adviceline is a free call-back service for asthma and COPD patients,


The National Clinical Programme for Respiratory care is working with Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) to help promote the Asthma and COPD Adviceline specifically in COPD patients. What is the Asthma and COPD Adviceline?

The Asthma and COPD Adviceline is a free call-back service for asthma and COPD patients, their carers and families. The service is ran by the ASI and funded by the HSE. The free Asthma & COPD Adviceline call back service has nurse appointments available until 8.30pm, two evenings a week and on Saturday mornings, to facilitate those who need after work hours appointments. People can use the service to arrange a call back with an asthma & COPD nurse by free phoning the Asthma Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64 or the COPD Adviceline on 1800 832146.

 

How does the Asthma and COPD Adviceline work?

The ASI receives a call from the user (patient, their carer or family). The ASI Reception takes the user details and organises an over the phone appointment with an asthma & COPD nurse.

This nurse then calls the user and answers all questions relating to asthma and COPD, and advises the user on steps to take after call.

The nurse arranges a follow up appointment to help patient with their Asthma Action Plan, and the relevant information is recorded for further appointments as necessary.

 

Why is this Adviceline important during Covid 19?

People with asthma and COPD can use this support service to learn how to manage their anxiety around their conditions, particularly during the current coronavirus pandemic.

This includes:

• Setting up/revising your Asthma Action Plan/COPD Management Plan

• Your asthma and COPD medications

• Recognising your asthma/COPD symptoms

• Knowing what to do in an asthma attack/COPD exacerbation

• How hayfever might affect your asthma/COPD

• How coronavirus might affect your asthma/COPD

• Face covering advice for people with Asthma and COPD during Covid-19

• Triggers that may affect your asthma/COPD

 

Between January and September 2020 the Asthma Society of Ireland’s free Asthma & COPD Adviceline managed over 3,500 nurse appointments.

 

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