An Asthma attack can become an asthma emergency quickly. Find out what symptoms to look out for and when to get urgent care for asthma. Then, if you are worried, call us or come into the clinic.

Asthma causes, symptoms and treatment

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What are Asthma causes and treatment for an Asthma attack?

You’ll probably know that an asthma attack is a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms. But why does this occur? The constriction of the muscles around your airways brings it on.

In other words, asthma causes your airways to swell and inflame. Subsequently, your breathing tubes become more constricted as the muscles surrounding your airways tighten.

Symptoms of an Asthma attack, treatment.

When an asthma attack occurs, it pays to contact urgent care. Rest assured, our team can help you get on top of your symptoms before an asthma emergency arises.

Signs of an asthma attack that needs urgent treatment:

•    Trouble breathing.
•    Worsening chest tightness, coughing, and wheezing.
•    Needing to use your reliever more often over 3 hours.

How to know you're having an asthma emergency

Importantly, if you have the following asthma symptoms, don’t delay to call emergency services.

•    Symptoms getting worse very quickly.
•    Acute shortness of breath.
•    Inability to speak clearly.
•    Lips are turning blue.
•    Receiving little or no relief from your inhaler.

So, if you experience any of these symptoms, commence your asthma action plan. Then, call 111 immediately to request an ambulance.

First Aid care for an asthma attack

Seeing someone having an asthma attack can be alarming. However, your quick action can help. Also, it will reduce the risk of their asthma attack becoming an asthma emergency.

  1. Get the person sitting in a comfortable position.
  2. Add one puff into their inhaler spacer. Next, ask the person to take four breaths from the spacer.
  3. Repeat until six puffs have been administered through the spacer.
  4. Monitor their breathing for 5 minutes. If they show no improvement, give six more puffs. Repeat every 5 minutes.
  5. Then, if their breathing doesn’t normalise, call 111 for an ambulance.
  6. Finally, if the person becomes unresponsive, prepare to give CPR.

Even if the person feels better and is breathing normally, take them to a doctor for a check-up. Remember, at East Care, we are open every day to help.


East Care Health Medical Centre urgent care Fees

How to contact us

  • Address: 260 Botany Road, Howick 2013, Auckland
  • Postal: PO Box 38306, Howick 2145, Auckland

Complementary onsite services

At our Botany Road premises, we offer a number of onsite services including a Pharmacy and Radiology to ensure your visit to the Centre is as stress free as possible.

Health care professionals providing advance care plans

Frequently asked questions

To join our clinic, you first need to fill out the patient enrolment forms to register with the PHO that we belong to. This is a Ministry of Health requirement. You will need to provide proof of identity and eligibility which may include the following forms of identification:

  • NZ Passport or NZ birth certificate
  • International passport with resident visa OR work visa of minimum 24-month duration

On the enrolment form you need to indicate which of our doctors (currently taking new patients) that you would like to be registered with.

Yes. As part of completing your enrollment, we request that you have a new patient screening appointment with one of our Nursing or Medical Centre Assistant team members.

This new patient appointment enables our team to work with you to better understand your current health and wellbeing.

Following the new patient appointment as above, you can book your first consultation with your nominated doctor.

The length of your first appointment with your new doctor will be as follows:

Age Screening appointment GP appointment Total
0-13 yrs - 15 minutes
15 minutes
13-17 yrs - 15 minutes
15 minutes
18-39 yrs 15 minutes
15 minutes*
30 minutes
40+ yrs 15 minutes
30 minutes
45 minutes

* Note: if you have a chronic condition, please make a booking for 30 minutes.

Payment is required at the time of consultation

You will get full access to the patient portal “My Indici” once you have completed your screening appointment.

Payment is required at time of consultation. Please note that unpaid accounts will incur an additional $10 monthly administration cost.

There may be additional costs for treatments/tests/materials

We recommend that you book your future appointments via your patient portal My Indici.

If you need an urgent appointment, then please phone the clinic. We have doctors available to discuss your urgent health needs on the day.

All consultations are by appointment only.

Patient portals are secure online sites where patients can access their health information and interact with their general practice. Please give us call on (09) 265 1325 or send us an email at, and we can set up your account.

We recommend that you plan ahead and request your repeat medicines via your patient portal My Indici two weeks before you run out. If you do not have access to a portal, you can phone us and leave a message with the nurse to organise this. Our doctors use an electronic prescribing system which can send your prescription to your local pharmacy (please specify name and location).
Under 14 years free
14-17 years $14
18+ years $16
Urgent prescription $27.50
The results of tests that have been ordered by our Doctors will be available on My Indici when they have been reviewed. If your test results are of concern you will be contacted by one of our team.

We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm.

For health services after hours visit East Care Accident & Medical, 260 Botany Road, Golflands, Auckland 2013. Their phone is 09 277 1516.

These are consultation prices only.

Under 14 Years - Free 14 - 17 years - $14 18 years & over - $16

Note charge is the same for in person or by phone or video as you are still receiving the same high quality health provider assessment, diagnosis and planning.

We understand that things can change on the day, but we ask that you call us to advise that you are not able to make your appointment. If we do not hear from you minimum 2 hours prior to your scheduled time, you will receive an invoice for this missed appointment.