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 Richmond.
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:
- ASK: Have an asthma management plan (which will shortly be available as an app for mobile devices). The plan helps identify the right colour inhaler and dosage and the time to seek emergency help
- ASK: Be able to use their inhaler effectively
- ASK: Ensure they have an annual asthma review
Steps to improve air quality in support of the #AskAboutAsthma are also being encouraged, and 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
In addition, individuals (health professionals, residents, patients) are being asked to make an individual pledge to support improvement of asthma care or air quality through the My Asthma Pledge page.
The online London asthma toolkit is available to support healthcare professionals, commissioners, schools, parents, carers, children and young people in London to implement the asthma standards for children and young people.
Dr Graham Lewis, Chair, Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“Air pollution acts as a trigger for many children and young people with asthma, contributing to asthma admissions and intensive care admissions. Taking steps to improve the air quality and asking for an asthma plan and review can really help to manage this condition for children and young people.”