10:57am Wednesday 28th August 2013
A HALESOWEN pharmacy is launching a new free asthma support service before the schools reopen in September.
More children in England are rushed to hospital with an asthma attack in mid-September than any other week during the year according to Asthma UK.
And a recent policy change means schools in Dudley are no longer allowed to keep emergency inhalers on the premises as they have not been prescribed for individuals.
A move which Cradley MP Margot James slammed as “putting children’s lives at risk”.
Turner’s Pharmacy, Manor Lane is now offering advice to make sure children or anyone with asthma are in full control of the condition.
The asthma service, which is offered all year round as part of the All About Health programme, involves a short questionnaire to assess how well controlled the patients’ asthma is and a simple test to check inhaler technique.
Pharmacist Clive Turner, said: “Asthma can be controlled well in most people, most of the time. You just need to get the inhaler technique right and look out for those early warning signs that indicate you might be losing control so you can act fast.”
“Asthma attacks can be extremely frightening and we want to demonstrate that with correct medicine management, you can reduce your risk of having an attack and continue to do the things you enjoy.”
People can also visit www.allabouthealth.co.uk to find out about the signs that may mean your asthma isn’t being controlled effectively.
The pharmacy will also be using the ‘straw test’ to demonstrate to people without asthma what it feels like to have restricted breathing like that of someone during an asthma attack.
Mr Turner added: “This technique is useful for mums and dads of children with asthma to help them understand what it’s like to struggle for breath. It can also help them spot what symptoms to look out for and how to help a child who is having an asthma attack.
“We hope the service will help educate locals as to how important it is to manage the condition. The service is free and people can simply drop in and speak to one of our trained staff.”
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