Inhaler Technique Service

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Inhaler Technique Service - Chequerfield Pharmacy, Pontefract

What is asthma?


Asthma is a common long term chronic inflammatory condition affecting the respiratory tract and the lungs. It is estimated that someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack every 10 seconds.


Why is proper inhaler technique important?


Despite 73 million inhalers being prescribed every year in the UK, over 1,000 people die annually from asthma-related conditions.


What we need to do to stop this happening


Many asthmatics currently misuse their inhalers. They do not use their inhalers properly, often demonstrating poor technique. This is one of the primary reasons for worsening asthma symptoms as well as asthma attacks which can lead to deaths. This can easily be avoided if asthma patients are taught how to use their inhalers properly.


Our pharmacy currently offers an inhaler technique service to help you understand what actions should be taken to make the most of your inhaler.


Getting to know your inhaler


Treatment for asthma using inhaler therapy is currently a two pronged approach. A “preventer” (consisting mainly of a steroid but sometimes in combination with a long acting bronchodilator) inhaler should be used daily to treat the chronic inflammation. This is extremely important as the correct dose and correct use of this inhaler keeps asthma symptoms under control and removes or drastically reduces the need for the “reliever” inhaler.


The “reliever” inhaler is to be used sporadically to help relieve asthma symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath when your airways have become irritated due to exposure to irritants, cold air or increased exertion. According to Asthma Right Care, you should not need to use your blue reliever inhaler more than once in any one day. This is the equivalent of two inhalers a year. If you are using it more than this, it could mean you are either not using your “preventer” inhaler properly or that the strength or dose is no longer sufficient for you.


Basic techniques


If you use an inhaler regularly and feel you aren’t getting the most out of the medicine then you maybe:

  • failing to shake the inhaler before activating properly
  • holding the inhaler in the wrong position when in use
  • failing to breathe out fully before activating the inhaler
  • activating the inhaler too early before fully breathing out
  • activating the inhaler too late as you fully breathe in
  • breathing in too quickly
  • not re-shaking the inhaler after quick sessions of relieve

You can take on these short and basic techniques to help you improve your overall inhaler technique.


What services do we offer at Chequerfield Pharmacy, Pontefract?


We present an inhaler technique service to ensure that your device is being used properly. We do this by delivering a 1 to 1 consultation which will cover education, training, monitoring and support for our patients with respiratory conditions.


Visit Chequerfield Pharmacy, Pontefract for more information or call on 01977 797391.

Elaine Sutton
Elaine Sutton
Very friendly staff. Good service. Easy to get appointment for flu vaccine
Went for flu jab ,good service
Ashley Tatana
Ashley Tatana
Staff are always friendly. They remember your name (to me makes me feel valued). They are always very kind and understanding. They are a credit to the local community!
Carol Trueman
Carol Trueman
Excellent service! Staff are amazing.
Barbara Burden
Barbara Burden
A lot better than friarwood pharmacy for service.
Paul Johnston
Paul Johnston
Simply cannot express my gratitude for this place and the staff that work here. It’s such a friendly place, the staff are always eager to help and go above and beyond for you. It’s always nice to be greeted with a friendly smile but in these testing times it seems so much more important. Iv collected my mother’s prescriptions from here for a while now after moving from another pharmacy and they’re always ready promptly without any trouble, it’s always nice to have a chat and feel like a valued customer, great work team. And thank you for all your hard work it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed in the community.
Great service when I visited this week. The team were very efficient and professional. They also had very good covid safety practices in place that where being adhered to. This made me feel really at ease. Thank you