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NHS trust showcases its asthma services for World Asthma Day

Asthma nurse Sanjeev Beharee with a patient

The local NHS trust is highlighting the work their recently launched Hounslow asthma service does to help patients get the best treatment as part of World Asthma Day, a Global Initiative for Asthma campaign on Tuesday 3 May 2016.

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (HRCH) NHS Trust’s Children's Asthma and Wheeze team offers face-to-face support or telephone contact to children and young people under the age of 19 with asthma or viral induced wheeze.

The service improves the confidence and self-care skills of children, young people and their parents so that they can manage their conditions effectively. The team improves the emotional and social well-being of Hounslow residents through the reduction of stress during periods of illness. They also co-ordinate local services to help patients manage their asthma or viral induced wheeze and reduce the amount of time patients spend in hospital settings.

Sanjeev Beharee, lead asthma nurse, said: “As asthma is a chronic condition that can either get better or worse as children grow up, it is vital that parents, carers and young people understand the help that is available for them in the community.

He said: “We want to make sure that they encounter minimal disruption in their quality of life and that help is easily accessible when they need it.”

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the air passages, the bronchial, in our lungs and makes breathing difficult because of a temporary inflammation of the oxygen passages. Symptoms can vary but in most instances usually include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or chest tightness.

The annual event, a Global Initiative for Asthma campaign, highlights the healthcare available for those with asthma and raises awareness of the condition that affects 300 million people worldwide and is the most common chronic condition in children.

HRCH’s service is only available for children and young people who have received emergency care from their GP in the borough of Hounslow as a result of asthma or wheeze; or who have received oral steroids from their GP within the previous 14 days. 

You can contact the service on 020 3458 5297 or email hrch.childrens-asthma@nhs.net