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Update: Emergency admission for asthma found to vary hugely across UK

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VOL: 103, ISSUE: 24, PAGE NO: 38

There is a sixfold difference between PCTs with the lowest and highest number of emergency hospital admissions for asthma, according to a report from Asthma UK.

The region with the highest admissions is North-West England, where rates for asthma admissions are 65% higher than in the east of the country.

According to Asthma UK, a person is admitted to hospital every eight minutes in England because of their asthma, which equates to 185 people per day. However, 75% of admissions for asthma are preventable and avoiding them could save the NHS in England an estimated £43.7m a year.

The report also found that one in four people receives no information about follow-up treatment, and more than one in 10 is unaware of what to do if another attack occurs.

In response to this Asthma UK is launching an Emergency Asthma Care pack for health professionals who are likely to encounter people having an asthma attack.

It is hoped that this pack will help ensure a better level of service for all people with asthma.

The report, The Asthma Divide: Inequalities in Emergency Care for Asthma, can be downloaded free of charge from Asthma UK’s website: www.asthma.org.uk/document.rm?id=322.

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