Make sure you #AskAboutAsthma this week

16 September 2019

Cllr Hirani #OneThingLDN pledgeThe #AskAboutAsthma campaign is back again with the aim of encouraging Londoners to take small steps to help improve the quality of life for children and young people living with asthma.

Asthma is the most common long-term medical condition affecting children and young people. Last year, 167 children and young people in Brent were admitted to hospital for asthma, higher than the London average, and the majority of these admissions were avoidable.

Parents, schools and health practitioners are being asked protect children and young people with asthma in Brent by making sure:

1. They have a written asthma action plan – this is drawn up between a clinician and a person living with asthma and means they’ll be four times less likely to need to go to hospital for asthma.
2. They understand how to use their inhaler effectively – this will help ensure they are getting the full benefit of their asthma medication.
3. They book an annual asthma review meeting – this will give patients the chance to speak to their GP or asthma nurse about their condition and ways they can manage it better.

Cabinet Member for Public Health, Culture and Leisure Cllr Krupesh Hirani, said:

“The #AskAboutAsthma campaign is really important because it builds awareness about a condition which affects so many children and young people in Brent.

“This should be a priority for children and young people and their parents and carers not just this week, but all year round.”

Asthma can also be linked to air pollution and so residents are also being asked to look at ways they can help to improve Brent’s air quality.

One initiative which residents can take part in is Car Free Day on Sunday 22 September. To get involved, residents are being encouraged to:

• Explore Coronet Parade in Wembley from 11am-3pm which will be free of cars, with free smoothies, games, cycle repairs, face painting, and plenty of fun for all
• Leave cars at home and take up walking for the day instead, or if driving is essential, remember to turn the car off when stopped
• Submit a Play Street application for a later date by visiting www.brent.gov.uk/playstreets

For more information about the #AskAboutAsthma campaign, please visit the Healthy London Partnership website.