Patient guide Steroid Emergency Card

Why have I been given this card?

You have been given the NHS Steroid Emergency Card (in the link provided) as you are taking long-term steroid treatment either daily, on a regular basis or in the last year (e.g. tablets like prednisolone, hydrocortisone and/or inhalers, creams etc.)

It is important that any healthcare professional who treats you knows you are on long-term steroids. This is not to worry you, but rather to ensure you receive both the right course of treatment and promptly in an emergency.

NHS Steroid Card

You should not suddenly stop taking your steroid treatment, as you may feel very unwell if this happens. You could have weakness, dizziness, tiredness, feeling or being sick, poor appetite, weight loss and stomach pain.


What do I need to do?

Print the card and complete it with your own details. Keep it safe in your purse or wallet and have it ready to show any healthcare professional you see.

Please let your family know that you carry a NHS Steroid Emergency Card. Ask them to remind you to show your card at every chance when getting treatment. This is very important if you need emergency treatment, they can tell the emergency services for you.

If you feel this does not apply to you for example, you have stopped all forms of steroids in over a year, than do inform your doctor so we can update your records.


Do I still need to keep the blue Steroid treatment card too?

Yes, you will need to keep both (if issued both); however this new NHS Steroid Emergency Card is very important too. Please also continue to wear your medic alert bracelet or necklace and keep any other emergency cards you may have safe, if you have one.


I have lost my new card, where can I get another one from?

New or replacements of the NHS Steroid Emergency Cards can be obtained from the link provided or your community pharmacy or hospital. You can have more than one card if you would like to store them in different places. Please make sure the details on both cards are the same. You can also screen shot the NHS Steroid Emergency Card and save it; then you can have it as a screen saver on your smart phone.