CHILDREN’S asthma services are getting a boost.
Plans are in place to spend £100,000 on improvements to asthma services in Yorkshire and Humberside.
It is hoped that it will lead to a 50% reduction of childhood asthma admissions over the next 10 years.
The funding is coming from a joint initiative between NHS Yorkshire and the Humber and Asthma UK to help the one in 11 children with asthma.
NHS Kirklees, which oversees non-emergency health care in the borough, said last year they were committed to halving the number of children admitted to hospital with asthma.
Prof Ian Lewis, chairman of the children’s clinical pathway group at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We need to improve our services to ensure that children with asthma receive the very best care and enjoy a normal childhood.”
Research by Asthma UK shows that many children miss out on school and extracurricular activities because of asthma.
A summit of experts is taking place today – World Asthma Day – to discuss the plan of actions and how to address the problem.
Statistics show that 5.4m people in the UK have asthma – including 1.1m children.
Around 40 children a year will die from asthma.