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Small steps improve lives for asthma sufferers

One in 10 children and young people in London has asthma but less than half of these have an asthma management plan or know how to use their inhaler correctly.

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

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 to take these three simple steps:

#AskAboutAsthma is also asking all NHS organisations and residents in Southwark 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
  • Avoiding indoor exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Having greenery in and around homes and offices

 Dr Noel Baxter, local GP and Clinical Lead for respiratory conditions, said: "We know that relatively simple steps can stop asthma attacks and we can all contribute in Southwark whether we are health professionals, parents, teachers or fellow citizens. It is a common problem and many of us have a friend or relative with asthma and our actions could really help them."

The #AskAboutAsthma campaign runs from 11th- 24th September.