1 in 10 children and young people in London have asthma but less than half of these have an asthma management plan or know how to use their inhaler correctly.
NHS Lewisham CCG is supporting the Healthy London Partnership and NHS England London campaign #AskAboutAsthma to help improve the lives of those living with asthma Lewisham. The campaign runs from Monday 3rd to Sunday 16th September.
The campaign, which is launching to coincide with children and young people returning to school and the highest peak of hospital admissions for asthma, aims to encourage all children and young people with asthma (and the people who care for them) to ask these simple questions:
ASK: Do I have an asthma management plan? This helps identify the right colour inhaler and dosage, and when to seek emergency help. ASK: Can I use my inhaler properly? #AskAboutAsthma is also asking local residents in Lewisham to take small steps to improve air quality by asking them to make a My Asthma Pledge in support of the campaign. We want people to:
· Take more exercise by walking to work or school
· Try car-pooling and turning off engines when idle
· Use non or less toxic materials in homes and offices
Dr Faruk Majid, local GP and Chair of NHS Lewisham CCG said, “Asthma is a long-term condition that affects the airways in the lungs. Classic symptoms include breathlessness, tightness in the chest, coughing and wheezing. The goal of treatment is for patients to be free of symptoms, and able to lead a normal, active life. Patients with asthma have different triggers for symptoms, and need to get to know what will provoke their asthma and cause deterioration in their control. The prevalence of asthma in England is among the highest in the world. In addition, Asthma is responsible for large numbers of attendances to Emergency Departments, and admissions, the majority of which are emergency admissions so it’s crucial that we support those that have asthma to manage this condition. I’m backing this campaign to support all my patients that suffer from asthma”.