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AskAboutAsthma:  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.

NHS Sutton CCG is supporting the Healthy London Partnership and NHS England London campaign #AskAboutAsthma to help improve the lives of those living with asthma in Sutton.

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 those caring for them, to make sure:

  • They 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
     
  • They are able to use their inhaler effectively.  Local community pharmacists in Sutton can help with this and can show children and young people how to use inhalers properly.
     
  • They have an annual asthma review

 #AskAboutAsthma is also asking all NHS organisations and residents in Sutton 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
  • Downloading Sutton's "Better Points" smartphone app which rewards sustainable activity to help improve air quality (https://thesuttonplan.betterpoints.uk/).

 Dr Dino Pardhanani, Joint Clinical Director for NHS Sutton CCG said: "We are asking local people in Sutton to support the campaign and help improve air quality in the borough by taking small steps and making an individual pledge.

 "In addition, my pledge, as Joint Clinical Director of NHS Sutton CCG, in support of the #AskAboutAsthma campaign, is to encourage all children and young people with asthma to have regular reviews of their asthma and inhaler technique and develop an asthma management plan."

 The #AskAboutAsthma campaign will run from the 3 - 16 September.

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