London asthma toolkit

20th October 2017

Coronavirus: for any information related to coronavirus please see Asthma UK’s advice here PCRS has also drawn together sources of information which will be updated regularly here.   Our work Our work to transform the care of children and young people in London with asthma through the development of the London Asthma Standard has been […]

Breathing new life into asthma treatment

22nd September 2017

Ian Hosking, co-founder of Designing Our Tomorrow (DOT) at the University of Cambridge, writes about transforming asthma care for young people I don’t think I will ever forget the moment I sat at the bedside of a 6-year-old patient and watched the consultant hand over a 13-year-old student’s design to help with the patient’s asthma […]

More must be done to clean up London’s toxic air

21st September 2017

Professionals and patients must keep up the pressure on policy makers and government to reduce emissions, writes Dr Jonathan Grigg As a hospital-based respiratory pediatrician, I look after children living in the East End of London with the most difficult to treat asthma. There is overwhelming evidence that exposure to fossil-fuel emissions causes asthma and […]

Transforming asthma services in London for children and young people

20th September 2017

Sara Nelson, Children and Young People Programme Lead at Healthy London Partnership, writes about the asthma tools on offer to ensure better outcomes Asthma affects around 1 in 11 children and young people, that’s over 200,000 in London. As a long standing cardiothoracic nurse and an asthma sufferer myself I am well aware of the […]

Promoting asthma care in the pharmacy

20th September 2017

Pharmacies play a key role in helping children and young people manage their asthma, writes Donal Markey Pharmacies can play an important role in the care of children and young people with asthma. When children and young people pick up prescriptions it’s always a good opportunity for me to ask about whether the child, young […]

‘Asthma Dodge’ a fun new game to encourage greater understanding of asthma

20th September 2017

Read our blog about Asthma Dodge, a new game developed by the School-based Asthma Project (SAP) that encourages children to avoid their triggers Run as fast as you, take your medication and dodge the asthma triggers in your way! A new game app ‘Asthma Dodge’ has been released by the School-based Asthma Project at Queen […]

Making a difference to asthma patients

20th September 2017

Jo Nevett from the London Ambulance Service writes about taking #MyAsthmaPledge and why education is key to children and young people with asthma living healthy lives In London, 4,000 children are admitted with asthma issues to hospital each year, of which 12 die. One in 10 children and young people have asthma in the capital, […]

Working together to deliver effective asthma care

20th September 2017

The Hillingdon Champions of Asthma Team write about how they work with primary care and schools to achieve effective asthma care for the children and young people The Champions of Asthma team is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of doctors, school nurses, specialist respiratory and allergy nurses. We work collaboratively with primary care and schools to […]

Smoking shisha and asthma

19th September 2017

GP Eugenia Lee writes about the health issues facing shisha-smoking asthmatics in South East London Nowadays asthma can be well controlled with the right management, lifestyle changes and medication but one of the issues GPs are frequently dealing with in South East London is the health issues that arise for asthmatics caused by smoking shisha. […]

It’s time to stop children dying of asthma

19th September 2017

Dr Tonia Myers, a GP and clinical director for children, writes about the simple measures to avoid preventable deaths Too many children still die from asthma in the UK each year. Learning from the National Review of Asthma Deaths (2014) identifies common themes; Multiple A&E attendances without appropriate follow up Frequent unmonitored prescriptions for reliever […]