Asthma friendly schools initiative launched

An asthma inhaler (Photo: Pexels - Luci)An asthma inhaler (Photo: Pexels - Luci)
An asthma inhaler (Photo: Pexels - Luci)
SCHOOLS are being encouraged to join a new initiative aimed at improving the care of pupils with asthma.

NHS South Yorkshire’s Children and Young People’s Alliance has launched the Asthma Friendly Schools initiative as part of the Excellent Asthma Care Programme.

The programme aims to enrol and support local schools to improve the care of pupils with asthma and raise awareness of the common long-term medical condition by delivering training, resources, and support.

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To achieve the Asthma Friendly accredited status schools will need to meet key objectives including an asthma policy and a register and all staff trained in asthma awareness.

Dr Sonal Kansra, clinical lead for the South Yorkshire Excellent Asthma Care Programme, said : “With children starting the new academic year, it is important to start the conversation about asthma care within school settings, as we know this is when children are most likely to have an asthma flare-up.”