Small steps improve lives for asthma sufferers.
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
Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting the Healthy London Partnership and NHS England London campaign #AskAboutAsthma to help improve the lives of those living with asthma in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
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 to take these three simple steps:
- Have an asthma management plan (which will soon be available as an app on mobile devices). The plan helps identify the right colour inhaler and dosage and the time to seek emergency help.
- Be able to use their inhaler effectively
- Ensure they have an annual asthma review
#AskAboutAsthma is also asking all NHS organisations and residents in Richmond to make small steps to improve air quality by asking them to make a My Asthma Pledge in support of the #AskAboutAsthma campaign.
The small steps include:
- Encourage more exercise by walking to work/school
- Car pooling and turning off engines when idle
- Using non/less toxic materials in homes and offices
- Having greenery in and around homes and offices