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What to do in an emergency

Signs of an emergency1

  • You’re extremely short of breath

  • Your reliever medication isn’t helping

  • You’ve got chest pain

  • You’ve got a high fever

  • You’re panicking or getting tired because of your breathlessness

If you’re not sure if it’s an emergency, call your GP surgery.

In an emergency, go to A&E or call 999. 

Approval code: UK/RESP/17/0032w(1)

Date of preparation: January 2020.

  1. MRC Dyspnoea scale/MRC Breathlessness scale. Medical Research Council. Available at: Last accessed: January 2020.

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