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Small steps improve lives for asthma sufferers

We are supporting the Healthy London Partnership and NHS England London campaign #AskAboutAsthma to help improve the lives of those living with asthma in east London.

The campaign is launching to coincide with children and young people returning to school and the highest peak of hospital admissions for asthma, 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

Traffic emissions are the main threat to clean air in London today. The Trust’s non-emergency patient drivers have pledged to stop idling their engines when stationary to avoid unnecessary fumes emitted around our hospitals.

Local people can make an Asthma Pledge in support of the #AskAboutAsthma campaign, including:

  •         Encouraging 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

Michelle Johnson, Director of Nursing at Barts Health NHS Trust said: “We fully support the work of the Healthy London Partnership and NHS England London in improving the safety of children with asthma. In partnership with GP practices, school nursing teams and community children's nursing teams we will ensure that every child is confident in using their inhaler, has an asthma management plan and an annual review.”

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