New e-referral platform for healthcare professionals

14 Feb 2024

The Asthma Society of Ireland has this month launched a new, free e-referral platform for healthcare professionals.

The platform, available on our website here, allows healthcare professionals all over Ireland to refer patients or carers with questions/concerns about asthma or COPD to the charity’s Adviceline service.

Operating for over 25 years, the Adviceline is a free service which allows users to speak to a respiratory specialist nurse or physiotherapist about various aspects of their asthma or COPD. The service is also available to parents/carers of young people with asthma or COPD. Through the Adviceline, respiratory nurse specialists and physiotherapists provide information and support, promote self-management, and signpost to appropriate healthcare interventions.

Healthcare professionals can now, with the permission of the patient, complete a simple form on the asthma society website to refer patients or their carers to the service. The form gathers some basic contact information which will allow a member of the Asthma Society’s Patient Services team to get in touch with the patient directly and arrange an appointment with a nurse specialist or physiotherapist.

The form can be accessed here.

Patients or their carers can access the Adviceline or the Asthma Society’s WhatsApp messaging service directly via these numbers:

  • Asthma Adviceline: 1800 44 54 64
  • COPD Adviceline: 1800 83 21 46
  • WhatsApp: 086 059 0132