A new asthma test to help people work out the extent to which they risk a serious attack should also help cut down on the number of emergency hospital admissions.
The online test, launched by Asthma UK, asks simple questions about factors which have all been linked to a greater risk of an asthma attack.
A colour-coded system dependent on the answers people give to the questions will indicate how great the risk is, ranging from red (highly increased risk) to green (no increased risk).
Each category will give suitable health advice and link to web pages that should help sufferers manage their condition more effectively.
With around 75% of emergency hospital admissions believed to be preventable with better management, it is hoped the support provided by the Triple A: Avoid Asthma Attacks Test should help ease pressure on beds, as the access it offers to essential information about managing asthma should reduce the need for a hospital visit.