Do you have Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?
The Rowlands inhaler service is designed to provide support to our patients with their inhaler medicines to improve self-monitoring and encourage long-term self-management of their condition.
Your Rowlands Pharmacy team can offer you a support service to ensure that you are getting the most from your inhaler. We will give you the help and guidance needed to ensure that you are using your inhaler correctly and confidently. Good inhaler technique can really make a difference to how well you manage your asthma. It can also cut your risk of an asthma attack.
What is involved in the Inhaler Service?
You will be asked to complete a short simple questionnaire which will give us an understanding on how well controlled your asthma or COPD is. Depending on the score you may be invited for a private consultation with our trained pharmacy staff who will be able to help and support you to get the most benefit out of your inhaler. You will also be given the opportunity to speak with our pharmacist should you have any concerns with your medication.
5 simple steps to help you manage your lung condition:
- Smoking Cessation
Giving up smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health. Speak to your pharmacy team about free local stop smoking services and nicotine replacement products that can help you to cut down and stop smoking. We can help you choose advice and support that suits you.
- Always have your inhaler to hand
If you have been prescribed an inhaler for a respiratory condition, make sure you always carry it with you. Let your friends, family or carers know where you keep your inhaler(s) in case of an emergency.
- Protect yourself with a flu jab
Each year from September through to January the NHS runs a seasonal flu vaccination campaign aiming to vaccinate all patients who are at risk of developing more serious complications from the virus. The NHS has advised that everyone with a respiratory condition should be considered for a Flu vaccination during the flu season. Ask a member of staff about the service in your local area.
Increasing activity levels can help to improve breathlessness for certain individuals with asthma and COPD. It can help improve your mood, your sleeping pattern and your overall quality of life. Increasing activity doesn’t need to be difficult, simple stretching, breathing exercises and daily walks can really help. Talk to your doctor about the best exercise for you.
- Understand what triggers your symptoms
Being prepared can help you to take measures to prevent your symptoms getting worse. Watch out for any cold spells in the weather, avoid any known allergy triggers and try to stay away from cigarette smoke.
Did you know, Rowlands can recycle your old inhalers?
The Inhaler Recycling Service is the first UK wide recycling recovery scheme for inhalers.
Rowlands pharmacy patients have recycled over 84,000 inhalers since the launch of the service. This is the equivalent saving of 104 car trips around the world in a 1.4TSI VW golf!
63% of people claim to put their old inhalers in their domestic waste bin1.
73 million respiratory inhalers are used in the UK every year2.
The Inhaler and Inhaler Recycling Services are now available at your local Rowlands pharmacy.
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1. GSK data on file. UK/RET/0035/15 April 2015, 2. GSK data on file. UK/RET/0034/15 April 2015. Complete the cycle is run by GSK and supported by Rowlands pharmacies