New Asthma App for Children and Young People
NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are proud to launch a new app aimed at helping children and young people to better manage their asthma.
NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are looking at how to support children with asthma to manage their own condition and have commissioned an asthma app called the 'Digital Health Passport' which can help educate children and parents. NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have also commissioned a range of activities for children with asthma which will support their confidence and breathing technique.
The new app, which can be downloaded for free, helps children manage their asthma. It notifies them when they are due to take their inhaler, alerts them of particuarly high pollen or air pollution triggers and keeps their annual review document easily accessible.
Around 5000 children and young people are registered as asthmatic across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The NHS has recently funded specialist nurses to support asthma education and reviews in our area, which will lead to a rise in annual asthma reviews, and training offered to primary care staff and schools. There is also a plan to invest in a pilot diagnostic hub to ensure the NHS captures patients with asthma at an early stage.
The new app, from Tiny Medical Apps, can be downloaded HERE free of charge. Parents of children with asthma are encouraged to speak to their GP or practice nurse for more information.
New Asthma Resources to Support Patients and the Environment
NHS England has been working in partnership with Asthma + Lung UK to help patients improve their lung health and support the environment with the provision of new information of inhaler choices.
This information, developed in partnership with clinicians, patients, and partners is available on the Asthma + Lung UK website and supports patients to use their inhalers as prescribe, adhere to the right inhaler technique via discussion with their healthcare professional, consider changed to a lower-carbon inhaler and return used or unwanted inhalers to their community pharmacy for appropriate disposal.
To access the Asthma + Lung UK website, please click HERE
General Guidance and Information
Asthma is a common condition that causes coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and breathlessness. Most people with asthma who take the appropraite treatment can live normal lives, but left untreated, asthma can cause permanent damage to the airways.
Symptoms of Asthma
The usual sumptoms of asthma are -
- shortness of breath
- tightness in the chest
Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people experience them from time to time;a few people may experience these symptoms all of the time.
Treatment of asthma
There isn't a cure for asthma. However, treatments are available to help manage your symptoms. Your treatment plan will be individual to you, combining medicines and asthma management in a way that works best for you.
Living with asthma
Medicines are only part of you treatment for asthma. You will also need to deal with the things that make it worse. Keep a diary to record anything that triggers your asthma - this can help you to discover a pattern. Using a peak flow meter to monitor your lung function can also help. If you have repeatedly low readings in a certai situation (for example, at the end of a working day, after exercise or after contact with an animal) this may indicate the trigger.
This website has been revamped to meet the needs of thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma or how to control it.
An excellent resource with a useful videos, audio, images and references relating to asthma.
Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Asthma
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Breathe Easy Telford & District
Breathe Easy Telford and District is a local self-help support Group, affiliated to Asthma and Lung UK (formerly British Lung Foundation). They have been established 22 years, are a friendly group and are open to all those affected by respiratory diseases, both patient and carers. They hold monthly Group meetings, except August and December.