24th October 2017

This page contains information about the pharmacy urgent repeat medication service. This service is valuable support for asthma patients is available in approximately 500 pharmacies across London and accessed in every borough. Pharmacy urgent repeat medication service (PURM) This is a patient referral service through NHS 111 for patients who have run out of their […]


20th October 2017

Schools play a major role in ensuring a safe environment for children and young people with asthma. This section includes guidance and practical resources to support teachers and school nurses to care for children with asthma. Explore the toolkit… For more information about the asthma toolkit, or to provide feedback or examples of best practice, […]


20th October 2017

Pharmacists are an accessible and expert source of useful help and information for young people with asthma and their families. This section provides pharmacists in London with guidance and resources to help them improve asthma care, including examples of best practice. Explore the toolkit… For more information about the asthma toolkit, or to provide feedback […]

What to do if your child is having an asthma attack

20th October 2017

An asthma attack happens when a child can’t get enough air into their lungs, they may cough and wheeze. The checklist below will help you understand what is happening and what action to take. Stay with them and send someone to get their spacer and inhaler. Reassure your child and try to keep them calm. […]

What is asthma?

20th October 2017

Asthma is an inflammatory disease that affects the lungs causing the airways to narrow, making it difficult to breathe. Asthma can be distressing for you and your child. It may cause breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. What causes asthma? It’s not clear exactly what causes asthma, although it is likely to be a combination […]

Print version

20th October 2017

Download a printable version of this section below. This asthma toolkit is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people with the condition. The purpose of this toolkit is to ensure there is a more holistic and joined up approach to caring for young people with asthma.  Download a printable version of […]

Prevention and triggers

20th October 2017

There are a number of things you can do to help prevent asthma attacks. Triggers can be different for each child and it is important to identify what triggers their asthma. Around the home House dust mites, pets, mould and pollen can be a trigger for people with asthma. Pollen comes from trees, grasses and […]

Managing your child’s asthma

20th October 2017

It is important that you and your child understand asthma and the medicines prescribed to help control it. You may need to help your child make any necessary changes to their lifestyle. Asthma reviews All children and young people with asthma should have at least a yearly review, which is usually carried out either by […]

Education and resources

20th October 2017

It is important that children and young people with asthma, and their families, understand the condition. Their doctor or nurse should provide information and support about asthma. Children and young people should receive regular asthma education, either in school or via their GP. Resources and support are available to parents and carers wanting to find […]

Asthma action plan

20th October 2017

An asthma action plan is a written management plan agreed with your child’s doctor. If your child has an asthma plan they are four times less likely to have an asthma attack that requires emergency hospital treatment. The asthma action plan should help you recognise when your child’s symptoms are getting worse and give you […]