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Asthma UK Report on Unsafe Prescribing

The respiratory charity Asthma UK has published a report claiming that tens of thousands of people with asthma in the UK are not getting the right medicines to safely control their condition.

Wessex AHSN is an organisation working towards improving the health of the region by linking quality improvement in the NHS with research and innovations. Our Respiratory Quality Improvement Programme welcomes the findings of the Asthma UK report. Many of our projects are in direct response to last year’s National Review into Asthma Deaths and we see that there is still complacency within healthcare systems, patients and the public around asthma.

The following are some supporting documents which may help practices monitor, manage & prescribe for patients with asthma. It is also useful to be aware of any local guidance available and any queries in relation to this could be raised with the CCG Medicines Management Team:

Asthma UK Patient Safety Failures in Asthma Care

Asthma UK Health Advice

Asthma UK Manage your Asthma

Asthma: Diagnosis, monitoring and chronic asthma management - NICE Guidance

British Guideline on the Management of Asthma (updated 2019)

British Lung Foundation Resources

Global Health Initiative: Asthma

Global Health Initiative: COPD

Health and Care Video Library - Breathing Problems (

myCOPD - The UK's first NHS approved digital therapeutic for COPD

Wessex AHSN Case Finding for Asthma & COPD


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Updated on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 1216 views