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Breathlessness

Who do I see?

GP or 999/A&E for severe symptoms

Advice:

If you are struggling to breathe or you have sudden shortness of breath and:

  • your chest feels tight or heavy
  • you have pain that spreads to your arms, back, neck and jaw
  • you feel sick or are being sick

You could be having a heart attack or a serious problem with your lungs or airway.

Call 999 or go to A&E immediately as you need assessment and treatment in the hospital.

For less severe breathing problems including if you have a condition such as COPD or heart failure and have a flare-up please submit an online medical consultation request for the Urgent Medical Problem Team giving us as much information about your problem as you can. You will get a same-day response usually by telephone or a time to attend the surgery for further assessment and examination.

if your problem is more long-term and stable or you are getting recurring chest infections/breathlessness, please submit an online medical consultation request for the GP Clinical Team giving us as much information about your problem as you can. We will respond usually with an offer of an appointment with a GP or other suitable clinician to assess your problem further.

Further information about shortness of breath from NHS UK.

If you cannot use the online service please call us on 0345 337 1120 and a member of the care navigation team will help you.