Summertime asthma awareness

Homerton is working with the City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group to raise awareness of the increased risk of asthma symptoms in children and young people within the local community following the summer holiday months.

Gemma Parish, the respiratory liaison nurse who is coordinating the campaign, said: “It is well known within health care professions that we will see a spike in emergency asthma admissions to hospital and visits to GP surgeries in September, as children and young people go back to school.

“Last September we saw a dozen additional admissions to our children’s ward of youngsters suffering from asthma or viral induced wheeze, compared to the monthly average.

“We are now reaching out to parents and children to provide information and advice on how to manage their asthma and who to go to for help if they have concerns around asthma control.”

Gemma is working with doctors and nurses in Starlight Children’s Ward at Homerton to run a regular stand in the hospital’s main reception.

The #BreatheNotWheeze stand will offer information and advice to children/young people and their families about asthma. School nurses and GPs throughout City and Hackney will distribute and display the information and advice newsletter.

Added Gemma: “Our aim is to reduce the number of hospital admissions in City and Hackney this September compared to last year. We would like to help children to stay in school and out of hospital.”