Services and support for people with asthma
Let's help you manage your asthma
Living with asthma can be difficult at times for adults and children. At Boots, we can offer you advice and support.
Our fully-trained pharmacists are on-hand to provide a range of confidential services which will help you better understand and manage your asthma symptoms, and get the best out of your asthma medicines.
Just pop down to your local Boots pharmacy and we'll be happy to help. Find your nearest pharmacy.
How Boots can support people with asthma
Free Asthma Control Test
The Asthma Control Test (for over 18s only) is a quick and simple in-store assessment of your asthma condition over the previous four weeks. The pharmacist will subsequently offer personalised advice on improving asthma management. They can also help you understand your Asthma Action Plan if you have one.
Asthma inhaler technique
Our pharmacists will make sure you are making effective use of your inhaler by giving you a step-by-step guide and help you avoid common mistakes that can lead to poor inhaler technique.
How can I support myself?
- Regular exercise could improve your lung capacity
- Understand your asthma triggers and try to avoid them where possible
- Smoking may make breathing difficult – we can help you kick the habit
How can I support a child with asthma?
It's only natural to be concerned if your child suffers from asthma, but you can take a number of steps to help them cope with the condition.
- Educate your child by talking to them about asthma
- Tell your child's school about their condition and give them an up-to-date Asthma Action Plan if they have one
- Make sure your child knows where to get help at school
- For young children, provide their nursery or school with a spare reliever inhaler (and spacing device if needed), labelled with their name (check nursery or school policy)
- For older children who take responsibility for their own inhalers, ensure they carry their blue reliever inhaler with them while at school (check school policy)
- Make sure any spacing devices are age appropriate
- Your child should have an asthma check with a GP or nurse every six months
More services to help keep asthma under controlRepeat Prescription Service
Life can be busy. That's why you can save time on picking up prescriptions from your GP by signing up for our convenient Repeat Prescription Service in store (subject to availability).
If you have asthma, you are advised to help protect yourself from flu by having a flu vaccination in September or October each year. Speak to your pharmacist in store to find out whether you are eligible for a free winter flu vaccination. Should you not qualify, you may be able to take advantage of our Winter Flu Vaccination Service (charges may apply).