Date: 06 December 2016
A new asthma toolkit has been launched in Bromley to support health professionals, schools, parents to provide the best care for children and young people with the condition in London.
The online asthma toolkit includes a specific section for parents and carers of children and young people with asthma, which explains what families should expect from asthma care in London, and provides self-care advice and links to further resources.
Three children in every classroom in Bromley have asthma – more than 200,000 children and young people in total across London – with twelve children and young people dying as a result of asthma attacks each year in the capital.
The asthma toolkit has been developed by Healthy London Partnership, a partnership between all 32 London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), including Bromley CCG, and NHS England (London region).
Less than 52 per cent of children and young people with asthma in London have an asthma management plan, even though a child with a plan is four times less likely to be admitted to hospital. There are a high rate of admissions to hospital of children and young people as a result of asthma – of which 70% are preventable.
Schools also have a major role to play in supporting children with asthma and the toolkit aims to help schools, teachers and school nurses to highlight concerns about a child and answer any questions they may have about administering emergency medicine.
The asthma toolkit can be found here, and an infographic with more information can be downloaded below.
A new toolkit has been launched in Bromley to support health professionals, schools, parents to provide the best care for children and young people with asthma in London