This morning, I had a conversation with one of the doctors at Campbeltown Health Centre, regarding medication and in particular, asthma inhalers.
My daughter has asthma, although she hasn’t suffered an attack for years and it only causes some slight discomfort if she has a respiratory complaint of some kind. Given the current health crisis, I contacted the Health Centre for a telephone consultation to ask if I should request a prescription for her inhalers, in case of issue.
The doctor in question was incredibly helpful and willing to prescribe based on my needs, but also asked that I consider whether or not my daughter really needed the inhalers at this time. He assured me that there was a plentiful stock of asthma medication in the area with more on the way, but also that many people were contacting regarding “just in case” prescriptions and they were seeing a similar situation to the supermarkets with panic orders. It’s bad enough that some people are having to go without household essentials due to the panic buying, but think how much worse it would be if someone who relies on asthma medication was unable to access it because you have an inhaler sat in a drawer, gathering dust, just in case you have a flare up of asthma which hasn’t troubled you for five years.
This made a lot of sense to me and I decided against ordering inhalers as my daughter is currently well and doesn’t have severe asthma in any case. I promised the doctor that I would post something to ask people to please consider the needs of others when requesting prescriptions. We all have to think of the bigger picture right now if we’re going to come through this as a community.
If you are an asthma sufferer or know someone who is, here is a link to some advice regarding Covid 19 and Asthma, from Asthma UK.