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Parents and schools to ‘Learn Live’ about asthma

Parents and schools to ‘Learn Live’ about asthma

Children in all schools in Pennine Lancashire (Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire) are being given the opportunity to ‘Learn Live’ to be in control of asthma and learn how to prevent and respond to an asthma attack.

One in 11 children in the UK has asthma. On average there are three children with asthma in every classroom in the UK. The UK has among the highest prevalence rates of asthma symptoms in children worldwide. A child is admitted to hospital every 20 minutes because of an asthma attack.

On 12th June, Learn Live – a live interactive broadcast channel – will be web streamed free to classes and assembly halls – to enable children and teachers to find out more about asthma, how to manage it and what to do in case of an asthma attack. The Learn Live channel will also be available to parents who can watch it at home or from their place of work. In addition, parents and children can view a recording of the broadcast at a later time.

The short 20 minute interactive broadcast will be presented by Georgina Foulds, a respiratory nurse from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust who will explain what asthma is, how children can manage it better and why it’s important to have good inhaler technique. Everyone taking part in the broadcast will then have the chance to ask any questions they may have via the chat facility on Learn Live. It is also an opportunity for teachers, parents and health workers to learn more about the condition and take forward initiatives around the condition in their school and at home.

The sessions have been facilitated by NHS East Lancashire CCG in partnership with Learn Live as part of a series of health broadcasts across the region. In this broadcast, East Lancashire CCG aims to help young people and their parents have a better understanding of asthma and give people the skills they need to manage their condition and therefore reduce asthma attacks, particularly those that can lead to hospital admissions. Other future live broadcasts will focus on mental health, diabetes and dental health.

Dr Stuart Berry, GP lead for respiratory care at NHS East Lancashire CCG, has been working closely with the Learn Live team on the broadcast. He said:

“This is a great opportunity to help young people and parents to understand asthma and what they can do not only in managing asthma, but spotting the signs that somebody is having an asthma attack and how to act quickly to potentially save a life. We have a lot of young people living with asthma in Pennine Lancashire so we it is important that young people and parents understand as much as they can about the condition, and how to self-manage the condition to have a better quality of life.

“I’m also really looking forward to seeing what questions we receive from the schools and parents. It’s an opportunity to learn from about what challenges they face in managing their condition so that we can feed this learning back into our health and care system.”

Schools and parents can book their place on the ‘Asthma Live’ broadcast by visiting the Learn Live website – https://learnliveuk.com/asthma-live-with-nhs-east-lancs-ccg/

To find out more about asthma and how to manage the condition, visit the NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk