Advice on Consultant appointment

I am looking for some advice please.

My GP has referred me to see a asthma consultant at the hospital.

I have been informed that my appointment is 22nd July.

My GP does not want any blood taken or a chest x-ray because these have been done within the last fortnight.

What can I expect from this appointment?

How long does the appointment last for?

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  • asthmagirl,

    iit depends on if you are having breathing tests done or just see the consultant,

    I went see mine a few weeks back and didnt take long and changed my inhalers.

    wright down questions you want to ask him as its easy to forget if mind goes blank and

    forget anything,

    hope this helps.

    love Glynis xxxx

  • Thanks Glynis, I am not sure what it is for yet Iam due to get the letter from the hospital in the next few days. My GP phoned me today and told me that she got me the appointment for this month

  • In addition to the list of questions, it might be an idea to write a list of information about your asthma. I would include things like current meds, number of course of oral steroids in the past year, any hospital admissions, they might also like to know how much reliever medication you get through. I would also note down any other relevant medical conditions. This is good idea if like me you tend to waffle and forget things (when at the GPs the other day I forgot how long I had been in hospital in Feb/March)!!

    My old consultant used to see you for about 10 mins (might be longer for you first appointment). Often a nurse or HCA will weigh you and check your pulse and sats first (some will also do spirometry) and then you wait for ages!

    Don't expect miracles on your first appointment it might be just tests and adjusting your meds slightly.

    Good luck hope it goes well.

    Bryony

  • might be an idea to talk to one of the Asthma UK adviceline nurses about what to expect & also what questions you should ask and what information you could take along?

  • Thanks for the advice it has been very helpful

  • Hey!Here is what usually happens in mine...but it really depends on what is happening in your hospital.I usually get seen by a nurse who weighs me and takes my height then I go back and wait in the waiting room. I then get called into the resp nurse specialists office who takes all the details regarding my symptoms, my meds and checks my PF and my inhaler technique.Then, I go through to the resp centre and get my niox done and my lung function (Almost every time I am there)After all of this, I either see the resp nurse again or if I'm in a bit of trouble which sometimes happens with me, I see my consultant and he decides on my next steps.Finally, if I feel I need it, I see the physio who talks through different ways of helpling my breathing.I have to say I lost confidence in my resp consultant the last time I went there about two years ago, but now I love them all and agree to go every week at the moment because I believe they know what they are doing! They make me laugh and help me to cope!I really hope you get a positive outcome like I have!

  • Hey!Here is what usually happens in mine...but it really depends on what is happening in your hospital.I usually get seen by a nurse who weighs me and takes my height then I go back and wait in the waiting room. I then get called into the resp nurse specialists office who takes all the details regarding my symptoms, my meds and checks my PF and my inhaler technique.Then, I go through to the resp centre and get my niox done and my lung function (Almost every time I am there)After all of this, I either see the resp nurse again or if I'm in a bit of trouble which sometimes happens with me, I see my consultant and he decides on my next steps.Finally, if I feel I need it, I see the physio who talks through different ways of helpling my breathing.I have to say I lost confidence in my resp consultant the last time I went there about two years ago, but now I love them all and agree to go every week at the moment because I believe they know what they are doing! They make me laugh and help me to cope!I really hope you get a positive outcome like I have!

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