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We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to before doing anything else.

Please read this helpful information from the British Lung Foundation


You will note that there is no recommendation to have a rescue pack as there is no evidence for their use and indeed their are concerns steroid will reduce your immunity to fight off this virus.

Nurse Practitioner

discussing_x-ray2Nurse Practitioners are highly qualified and experienced nurses who have received several years additional training to enable them to see and recognise many of the conditions that a general practitioner (GP) would usually diagnose.

Qualified nurse Practitioners working within GP practices covered by Calderdale Primary Care Trust (PCT) have received their training at university during which they have also worked alongside and received training from a GP.

What does a nurse Practitioner Do?

Nurse practitioners provide healthcare advice and treatment for adults and children. Nurse Practitioners can:

  • Diagnose and treat various conditions seen in general practice
  • Diagnose and treat long-term conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma
  • Obtain medical histories and make a physical examination
  • Make referrals on to other services if necessary
  • Prescribe some forms of medication
  • Provide individual care on present health problems and also those affecting your family
  • Explain details about your health problems, medicines advice and other topics to help take care of yourself
  • Provide information to help you make individual choices about your health.


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