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‘Enhanced’ care plan launched for children and young adults with asthma in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 10:31 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18 02 October 2017

The plan comes as part of a London-wide campaign

Youngsters living with asthma around the borough can now benefit from a new plan to improve how the condition is managed and cared for.

The move comes during the peak week for emergency asthma admissions to London’s hospitals, with causes thought to be pollution from the school run and the stress of a new school term.

But despite the predicted spike, NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group, which pays for healthcare services around the borough, estimates £136,344 worth of unused respiratory medicines will be returned to pharmacies this year.

Under the new plan for five to 25-year-olds, pharmacies will be offering an “enhanced asthma service” design to identify asthma that is being poorly controlled.

Broadway pharmacist Bipin Patel said: “Your local pharmacy team can help you to gain more control of your asthma by improving your inhaler technique and by solving any problems with medication. If asthma is stopping you from enjoying a full and happy life then speak to your pharmacist now, and get the help you need.”

A total of 10 pharmacies are taking part in the scheme, which aims to ensure patients have a written action plan, can use their inhalers effectively and receive a regular review of their medication and care.

Across 2015 and 2016, 88 children in the borough were admitted to hospital because of asthma.

Dr Nikita Kanani, GP and chair of Bexley CCG, said: “Poorly controlled asthma affects every aspect of children’s lives – their ability to learn, enjoy time outside school with family and friends or take part in sport – and, tragically, some children die – and most of this could be avoided.

“We do not have to wait for new medicines or a cure for asthma to tackle the problems young people and children face with this condition.

“A child with an asthma action plan is four times less likely to have an asthma attack requiring emergency hospital treatment. By improving the care offered by the NHS in Bexley, the CCG can make an immediate difference to the lives of our children and young people.”

Aside from the service, patients of all ages are being reminded advice is already available from their GP or pharmacist.

Pharmacies participating in this scheme include:

• Boots (Broadway shopping centre branch)

• Broadway Pharmacy

• Brownes Pharmacy

• Crook Log Chemisal (Broadway and Bourne Road branches)

• Davidsons Chemists

• Praise Pharmacy

• Warren Pharmacy

• LloydsPharmacy (Barnehurst Road and Pickford Lane branches)

• Harrisons Pharmacy

• Stelling Road Chemist

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