Ireland has the 4th highest rate of asthma in the world, with over 470,000 people affected by this chronic lung condition. Recent studies have shown that up to 60% of Irish patients do not have their asthma under control, with up to 14% of patients requiring a visit to A&E and 8% of patients admitted to hospital in the past year. However good control of asthma is possible for the majority of patients. For the months of May, June & July, we’re partnering with the Asthma Society of Ireland to raise money for the charity and increase awareness of the symptoms of asthma.
The Asthma Society of Ireland will be visiting several of our stores where customers can speak to a nurse in confidence about any concerns as well as management and control of asthma.
You can also speak to any of our pharmacists about your inhaler technique. A common reason for poor asthma control is poor inhaler technique. Your pharmacist can show you, in the privacy of a consultation room, how to use the different inhaler devices to enable you to get the most benefit from your medicines – they can also advise you on spacer devices for children and adults.