Inaccurate information regarding special ‘Rescue Packs’ for patients with pre-existing Respiratory conditions

Inaccurate information regarding special ‘Rescue Packs’ for patients with pre-existing Respiratory conditions

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).  

This suggestion is incorrect and the decision to use rescue packs is only made after careful evaluation for people with severe COPD or severe asthma, usually under follow-up by a Specialist Respiratory Team.

Asthma UK does not recommend use of rescue packs as a blanket policy for people with asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please see the link below with advice from Asthma UK on asthma management for people concerned about Coronavirus.

https://www.asthma.org.uk/coronavirus

Please do not contact your GP Practice for a rescue pack unless this is something that has been previously agreed with your medical team and you have been given instructions on how and when to use them.  You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.

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