Rescue packs myth buster

We’re aware of some inaccurate information circulating on social media about ‘rescue packs’ for respiratory conditions like asthma.

‘Rescue packs’ are antibiotics and oral steroids for patients with pre-existing conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They are powerful medicines and should only be prescribed with careful discussion between you and your doctor.

Confusion and misinformation seems to be spreading and some people are contacting their GP practices requesting ‘rescue packs’ when they’ve not had them before.

If you have asthma or another respiratory condition, continue to manage it in the usual way. Please don’t contact your GP practice for a ‘rescue pack’ unless you’ve previously been prescribed one by your medical team.

If you have a respiratory condition like COPD and have symptoms of Covid19, go to  before doing anything else.

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