BEH supports #AskAbout Asthma campaign to improve the lives of young people in the time of COVID-19

Date: 14 September 2020

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. Many have badly managed asthma – to the extent that 4,000 are admitted to hospital with asthma every year and 170 have such a severe episode that they require admission to intensive care.

This September, to coincide with children and young people returning back to school in the time of COVID-19 and the highest hospital admission rates for asthma (week 38), Healthy London Partnership and NHS England (London), supported by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan are running their fourth public awareness campaign #AskAboutAsthma to encourage small steps to improve the quality of life of those living with asthma in London.

Here at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) we are proud to support the campaign as keeping children’s asthma under control is particularly important this year due to the coronavirus and any potential second wave.

The campaign aims to encourage health professionals, children and young people and their families to ASK for three simple effective interventions to help them control their asthma by:

  • having an asthma management plan
  • being able to use their inhaler effectively
  • having an annual asthma review (as a minimum)

Bethan Stott, Clinical Operational Manager for School Nursing said: “As children and young people return to school in September, we’re supporting  Enfield schools by inviting them to an online asthma teaching session to understand asthma and how to implement the Healthy London Partnerships asthma toolkit within their school settings. Our long term plan will be encouraging all Enfield schools to be an asthma friendly school.

We know that children and young people with asthma who have a written asthma action plan in school are four times less likely to be admitted to hospital. We will be encouraging schools to make sure all children with asthma have an care plan in school and that they are aware of actions to take to reduce the risk of them having a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.”

To find out more about #AskAbout Asthma campaign, please visit https://www.healthylondon.org/our-work/children-young-people/asthma/askaboutasthma/

  • Summary:

    Here at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) we are proud to support the #AskAboutAsthma campaign as keeping children’s asthma under control is particularly important this year due to the coronavirus and any potential second wave.