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Borehamwood
Herts, WD6 4PR

Chronic Diseases

Asthma

Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal.

Please make it clear to reception staff that you are asthmatic when you phone.

Our practice nurses have specialist asthma qualifications. They run clinics in order that asthma may be assessed, advice offered, queries answered and the correct treatment ensured.

Patients on asthma medication should be seen at least once a year in the asthma clinic for a check up with the nurse.

The following factsheets, available from Patient UK give information and advice on a variety of asthma related topics:

What is asthma; who does it affect?

Management of Adult Asthma

Management of Childhood Asthma

Medicines inside inhalers; types of inhaler devices

Peak Flow Meter

For more information please visit the websites below:

External Websites:

NHS Choices - Asthma's symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and living with the condition

Asthma UK - an independent UK charity dedicated to conquering asthma.

Videos from NHS Choices

Asthma is a chronic condition that can be managed but not cured. This animation explains asthma in detail.

 

The symptoms of childhood asthma, how it can be treated, and which inhaler is right for children.

 

Child Asthma – A Real Story. Tashaurn, his mum and his nurse talk about living with child asthma.

 

Professor Peter Barnes from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College, London, explains what he would want to know if he was diagnosed with asthma.

COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. The main symptom of COPD is an inability to breathe in and out properly. This is also referred to as airflow obstruction.

Airflow obstruction is caused by long-term damage to the lungs, usually as a result of smoking.

How common is COPD?
COPD is one of the most common respiratory diseases in the UK. It usually affects people who are over 40 years of age.
Around 900,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with COPD, but it is thought that the actual figure is much higher. This is because many people who develop the symptoms of COPD do not seek medical attention.

You can find out more by following the links below:

If you think you may be suffering from this condition please make an appointment to see your GP, who will then refer you to the specialist practice nurse.

If you are invited by the practice to attend this clinic it is important that you attend in order for your treatment plan to be monitored.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus.

There are two main types of diabetes, which are explained below:

  •  type 1 diabetes
  • type 2 diabetes

Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland behind the stomach. When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves any glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy.

However, in people with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly.

Our specialist diabetes team will provide you wilth support, regular reviews and the day-to-day care of your needs.

For more information please visit the websites below:

External Websites:

Diabetes UK 

Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation

Videos from NHS Choices

Parents describe how they deal with a diabetic child including daily routines such as insulin injections and how children can life live to the full.

 

Chandler Bennet was diagnosed with Diabetes 1 in 2004. She explains what effect the diagnosis has on her life and the life of her family and friends

 

A consultant ophthalmologist describes how diabetes can affect your vision and the possible treatments.

Chronic Disease Monitoring

Chronic Disease Monitoring follows the progress of a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.

Also known as COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) people suffering from this have trouble breathing in and out. This is referred to as airflow obstruction.

Breathing difficulties are caused by long-term damage to the lungs, usually because of smoking.

At the surgery we regularly monitor patients with COPD and provide an action plan to assist and help you to relieve your symptoms.

For more information please visit the websites below:

External Websites:

Relieve your symptoms and Stop Smoking - Smoke Free

Quit smoking - Quit.org

COPD explained - NHS Choices

Videos from NHS Choices:

COPD (bronchitis and emphysema) affects an estimated three million people in the UK, and smoking is a major cause. There is a lot that can be done to relieve the symptoms and improve your quality of life.

A respiratory nurse specialist and patients explain pulmonary rehabilitation, and how exercise can improve the symptoms of COPD.

Lynn Ashton, 46, inhaled toxic fumes when a candle set fire to her plastic tablecloth. She was already asthmatic, and a few months later was diagnosed with COPD. She talks about living with the condition.

Stroke

Epilepsy

Hypertension

Hypertension relates to High Blood Pressure.

High blood pressure often causes no symptoms, or immediate problems, but it is a major risk factor for developing a serious cardiovascular disease (conditions that affect the functioning of the heart and the circulation of blood around the body), such as a stroke or heart disease.

External Sites:

High Blood Pressure Explained - NHS Choices

Blood Pressure UK

British Heart Foundation

British Hypertention Society

Videos from NHS Choices

High blood pressure has no symptoms, but if it's not treated it can damage the kidneys, heart and brain.

Warfarin Monitoring

If you take warfarin you will need to have regular blood tests to ensure that you are receiving the correct dose. 

This is not carried out at the surgery but can be done at either Elstree Way clinic or at a hospital out-patient clinic. It is important to have regular monitoring blood tests.

Elstree Way clinic (opposite Fire Station)

Elstree Way
Borehamwood
Herts WD6 1JT

Appointment line: 0208 359 8500

Routine appointments: Mondays & Thursdays only  9.10am – 14.15pm
Anti-coagulant appointment: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9.00am – 14.00pm

PLEASE TAKE YOUR BLOOD FORM WITH YOU