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03/11/17

Local children ‘learn live’ about being in control of asthma

Children in all primary schools in Bradford are being given the opportunity to ‘learn live’ to be in control of asthma.

Learn Live is a live interactive broadcast aimed at children in school years four to six. The broadcast will go out on Friday 24 November and will help both children and teachers to find out more about asthma, how to manage it and what to do in case of an asthma attack.

The short 20 minute broadcast will be hosted by Bradford GP Dr Katherine Hickman who will explain what asthma is, how children can manage it better and why it’s important to have good inhaler technique. People taking part in the broadcast will then have the chance to ask Dr Hickman any questions they may have.

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It gives young people, who may not be familiar with asthma, the skills to look out for signs of the condition in friends and family, and feel able to act quickly and help others if witnessing an asthma attack.  

Teachers and health workers can also use the broadcast to learn more about the condition and how they can establish initiatives around the condition in their school.

The sessions have been facilitated by NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in partnership with Learn Live as part of the Bradford Breathing Better (BBB) campaign. BBB aims to improve the pathways of care for asthma and give people the skills they need to manage their condition and reduce hospital admissions as a result.  

There are 30,000 people in Bradford living with asthma and the condition is one of the most common causes of unplanned hospital admissions for people under the age of 19.

Dr Katherine Hickman, GP at Low Moor Medical Practice and clinical lead for respiratory, Bradford CCGs, has been working closely with the Learn Live team on the broadcast. Dr Hickman said: “This is a great opportunity to share such an important message with young people. It’s not only about managing asthma, it’s also about 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 Bradford so we need to get the message out there about how being able to self-manage the condition can help children have a better quality of life.”

“I’m also really looking forward to seeing what questions the children have for me, it’s a chance to learn from them about the challenges they face in managing their condition and ensure this is fed back into our local health and care system.”

Schools can book their place on the ‘understanding asthma’ broadcast, which will be held on Friday 24 November, 10am by visiting the Learn Live website

To find out more about asthma and how to manage the condition, visit the NHS Choices website

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