Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
21 October 2013 08:28
Teaching asthma sufferers how to use their inhaler properly can cut hospital admissions
More than 600,000 asthma sufferers living in London are at risk of having a serious attack because of the poor care and support offered in the capital, according to campaigners.
Asthma travel insurance policies can be taken out by sufferers to give them peace of mind on holiday, however official figures suggest a lack of support on home soil.
Asthma UK says the support offered to 90% of sufferers from London is not up to scratch.
The charity says the proportion is the highest in the country, leaving 663,000 people at risk of a serious attack because they're not being offered an annual check-up or advice on how to use an inhaler properly, which can cut admissions to hospital.
The figures show that the basic care offered to all sufferers in Camden, Greenwich, Havering and Islington is substandard.
Asthma sufferer Anna Pritchard, 29, whose three-year-old daughter Olivia also has the condition, said she'd to fight to get an appointment with a GP after moving from Shropshire to Twickenham.
She told the Evening Standard that even when she'd got one she hadn't been contacted for a follow-up, adding: "It was like my asthma wasn't important enough to warrant wasting their time.
"Commuting to work was a total nightmare. I felt like I was suffocating every time I stepped on the Tube and I had to get off at every single stop just to catch my breath."
Earlier this year the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidelines recommending all sufferers should get a written action plan from their GP or asthma nurse so they know what to do when their symptoms worsen. Health bosses in NHS Tower Hamlets and NHS Waltham Forest have promised to implement the NICE guidelines by 2016.
Sufferers without action plans are more than four times likelier to end up in hospital because of an asthma attack.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.