#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 Lambeth CCG is supporting the Healthy London Partnership and NHS England London campaign #AskAboutAsthma to help improve the lives of those living with asthma in Lambeth. The campaign runs from Monday 3 to Sunday 16 September.
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 the people who care for them) to ask these simple questions:
ASK: Do I have an asthma management plan? This helps identify the right colour inhaler and dosage, and when to seek emergency help.
ASK: Can I use my inhaler properly?
ASK: Have I had my annual asthma review?
#AskAboutAsthma is also asking local residents in Lambeth to take small steps to improve air quality by asking them to make a My Asthma Pledge in support of the campaign. We want people to:
- Take more exercise by walking to work or school
- Try car-pooling and turning off engines when idle
- Use non or less toxic materials in homes and offices
This September, as part of the NHS in London's #AskAboutAsthma campaign, young Londoners can take part in the #AsthmaRapChallenge that aims to get children and young people thinking and being creative while learning and sharing essential messages about safely managing asthma. The prize is a professional recording session.