People in Redbridge urged to #AskAboutAsthma

13 September 2019

GPs in Redbridge are encouraging people to ask questions about asthma as part of a London-wide campaign to improve the lives of children, young people and others living with the condition.

The #AskAboutAsthma campaign, supported by the Mayor of London, takes place this year from 16-22 September – to coincide with the start of the new school year and the week that traditionally sees the highest hospital admission rates for asthma. Children and young people are particularly vulnerable to asthma-related issues, and the air quality around schools and homes in the capital can exacerbate this.

Local GPs are urging other health professionals, children, young people and their families to ask for three simple effective interventions to help them control their asthma. They should:

Organised by Healthy London Partnership and now in its third year, #AskAboutAsthma is focusing this year on #OneThingLDN – asking Londoners what they have done, will do, or would like to see happen to improve asthma care or air quality for children and young people.

This could be through Twitter – tweeting using #OneThingLDN – writing a blog with a link to the campaign, or encouraging colleagues, friends and relatives to produce their own #OneThingLDN (more details are available on The Healthy London Partnership’s website).

By increasing awareness and discussion around the topic, the campaign aims to improve the lives of those who have asthma in Redbridge and across the capital.

Air quality is crucial to this, and it is an issue that affects everyone, but particularly children and young people with asthma. Small steps that do make a difference 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
  • Having greenery in and around homes and offices

The Healthy London Partnership has also created a toolkit to support schools, parents, carers, and young people implement the asthma standards for children and young people. 

Dr Anil Mehta, a local GP and Chair of NHS Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“Asthma is one of the most common conditions around, and it’s important that everyone understands how it works, particularly if they are close to someone that has it. By raising awareness we are reducing any stigma and hopefully helping people better manage the condition; perhaps even helping people to realise that they have it in the first place.

“Asthma is also often exacerbated by poor air quality, particularly in London. Air quality is important to everyone in the capital, but particularly if you already have trouble with breathing. I’m delighted to see that this campaign has such a large focus on improving air quality, which has far-reaching consequences well beyond asthma.”

For more information on asthma, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/asthma.