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Birmingham hospital named as regional hub for asthma services

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Heartlands Hospital, which is run by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, has been commissioned as a regional centre for severe asthma patients.

The hospital’s previously named severe and brittle asthma unit (SBAU) will now be known as the Birmingham Regional Severe Asthma Service (BRSAS).

It provides care for around 800 patients and with 120 new patients referred to the service each year.

The service focuses on treating patients with the most severe and difficult to treat forms of asthma to help them manage their conditions and reduce the likelihood of them having life threatening asthma attacks.

The multi-disciplinary team at the hospital’s centre will act as a hub working closely with hospitals in the region that provide asthma services to share best practice and ensure patients receive the best care and treatment.

Dr Adel Mansur, respiratory medicine consultant at the hospital, said: “We are excited to receive specialist commissioning and to be able to offer local people affected by conditions such as severe and difficult to treat asthma the best help and treatment they need.

“In recent years we have moved away from a one size fits all approach and those attending the centre will be seen by a multi-disciplinary team to offer them a treatment plan that is personalised to their needs,” he said.

“This includes different ways to treat their asthma as well as manage other related health issues such as breathlessness, anxiety and stress,” he added.



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  • The first argument we make in this Forward View is that the future
    health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the
    economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade
    in prevention and public health. Twelve years ago Derek Wanless’
    health review warned that unless the country took prevention
    seriously we would be faced with a sharply rising burden of avoidable
    illness. That warning has not been heeded - and the NHS is on the
    hook for the consequences.

    yet still we rely on drugs like Salbutamol in asthma to do 100% of the work which I describe as 'passive treatment'.
    Yet there already exists a proven 'active asthma treatment that has in trail after trial shown positive impressive results (Glasgow Buteyko Asthma 2 year trial showed a 98% reduction in both symptoms and reliever medication use).
    The premise of Buteyko is that the asthmatic is over breathing and breathing in what is described as a non optimum way. By reteaching optimum breathing, consisting of initially breath holding, breath control then moving on to abdominal breathing (which has the added advantage of apparently switching off the sympathetic excitatory nervous system and switching on the parasympathetic relaxing nervous system.
    There is nothing ridiculous about this claim it is based upon solid science.
    By teaching the asthmatic to over time retrain the body to accept lower breaths, nasal breaths, eventually switching onto to abdominal breaths this leads to a state of natural opening of the airways.

    ABED Buteyko is a new approach taking things even further along the route of active as opposed to passive treatment. This not only looks at the patients breathing but looks at the link between how poorly managed stress can add to poor breathing, along with diet and exercise.
    The potential for this type of treatment is huge for asthma and has wider implications for may other conditions.

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