Jun 07
Book into a clinic to help you breathe easier this winter

Winter is here, so now is the time for people with asthma or chronic lung problems to take action to get their health under control, and they can take charge of their lung health by visiting one of the free Asthma or COPD (chronic lung conditions) clinics being offered in Mudgee.

The Western NSW Integrated Care Project now rolled out in Mudgee and Mudgee Integrated Care lead, Felicity Lynch, believes the expanded services are a fantastic resource for the Mudgee Community, with these new clinics having been set up as part of the project.

“We are very lucky to be able to offer these amazing 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," Ms Lynch said.

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. The Mudgee clinics will ensure these children have everything needed to help their teachers manage their condition safely. 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 at both the South Mudgee Surgery and Mudgee Medical Centre for patients with other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, as people living with these conditions need to be prepared for flu season and make sure their health is under control before the cold weather hits.

There is no charge for attending the clinics regarding your asthma, COPD or diabetes.

To make a booking to attend one of these great clinics, simply call South Mudgee Surgery on (02) 6372 4355 or Mudgee Medical Centre on (02) 6372 8100.

To complement these clinics, Mudgee Community Health Centre runs education and exercise groups that work alongside your GP and Chronic Disease Nurse to give you the skills to manage your disease. Please phone Mudgee Community Health on (02) 6378 6236 for more information.

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au