Winter is here, so now is the time for Mid-Western region residents, with asthma or chronic lung problems, to manage the risks.
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The Western NSW Integrated Care Project has rolled out free Asthma or COPD (chronic lung conditions) clinics in Mudgee.
Mudgee Integrated Care lead, Felicity Lynch, believes the expanded services are a fantastic resource for the community. “We are very lucky to be able to offer these services. The clinics are available at both the South Mudgee Surgery and Mudgee Medical Centre, where experienced registered nurses work alongside GPs to assess and monitor your health and develop action plans to keep you well this winter”.
Asthma is common in the Mudgee community, with the town having experienced a thunderstorm asthma event last year.
Ms Lynch said that thunderstorms and pollen are known triggers for asthma, along with cold or hot air, smoke, mould and dust, strong emotions, reflux, pet hair, exercise, chemicals and sprays, some foods and medications.
“Colds and flus are also very common asthma triggers, so now really is the best time to have a flu vaccination to decrease your risk of a viral induced asthma flare-up. It’s so important,” Ms Lynch said.
All children who attend school, preschool or childcare and suffer from asthma, are required to have a current Asthma Action plan.
At the clinics, flu shots will be on offer and patients will receive education on using medications and inhalers as well as what to do if their asthma is getting worse.
Clinics are also available for patients with other chronic conditions, such as diabetes.
There is no charge for attending the clinics regarding your asthma, COPD or diabetes. To make a booking, call South Mudgee Surgery on (02) 6372 4355 or Mudgee Medical Centre on (02) 6372 8100.
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