In the interest of patient safety, we have been reviewing all patients on regular or repeated courses of steroid medication.
Patients taking these medicines have an increased risk of adrenal crisis, if medication is suddenly stopped. Adrenal crisis is a potentially life-threatening condition, which occurs when there is not enough of the hormone cortisol, which is produced by the adrenal glands.
If you are ever taken ill, experiencing trauma, surgery or suffer any other stressors, the NHS Steroid Emergency Card identifies to healthcare staff that you are taking steroid medication and helps provide you with the appropriate treatment.
Click here to download your new Emergency Steroid Card and display the card as your phone wallpaper background. Please carry your card with you at all times and present it in the event of a medical emergency or during an admission to hospital. For more information please click here
Please continue to take your prescribed medication as per the advice you have been given. If you have a medic alert bracelet or necklace, it is still recommended that you also carry the new NHS Steroid Emergency Card.
Please contact the surgery if you have any issues with your NHS Steroid Emergency Card.