Skip to content Back to top

Respiratory reviews

A person using an inhaler and spacer while a clinician watches.

If you have asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), it’s important that you continue to manage your symptoms well so you can carry on doing all the things you want to!

That’s why your GP practice will invite you for an asthma review once a year – more often for some people.

This lasts around 20 to 30 minutes and is a chance to chat about your asthma or COPD, how you are feeling and how you are getting on with your inhalers.

The practice nurse or pharmacist will make sure that you are being prescribed the best medicine and type of inhaler for you and your symptoms – and that you are using your inhaler correctly.

But I think I have things under control?

Your asthma or COPD can change over time, so it’s important that you attend your review even if you are feeling well, don’t have symptoms and think your condition is well managed!

The review could be an opportunity to reduce some of your medicines or change to an inhaler that is easier to use, more environmentally friendly or more convenient.


Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.

The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be well controlled in most people most of the time, although some people may have more persistent problems.

Occasionally, asthma symptoms can get gradually or suddenly worse. This is known as an asthma attack.

Find out more about asthma Find out more about asthma


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties and coughing.

COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older people who smoke or used to smoke. Many people do not realise they have it.

The breathing problems tend to get gradually worse over time and can limit your normal activities, although treatment can help keep the condition under control.

Find out more about COPD Find out more about COPD

Greener inhalers

Do you know that many inhalers used in Greater Manchester contain greenhouse gasses?

These gasses contribute to global warming, but the good news is that greener inhalers are available. They are not only better for the environment but many people find them easier to use and better for their condition.

Ask about greener inhalers at your respiratory review.

Find out more about greener inhalers in Greater Manchester Find out more about greener inhalers in Greater Manchester
Launch Recite Me assistive technology