Emergency kits in schools for asthma

Press Release

Date: 12 March 2015

Inhalers help children with asthma stay safe at school

Asthmatic children are safer in Telford schools due to a new partnership with the NHS.

89% of schools in Telford and Wrekin have purchased Emergency Asthma Kits.

The move has been made possible by a recent change in the law which allows schools to purchase the well-known blue salbutamol inhalers without a prescription.

The kits and training are being provided by Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group’s Medicines Management Team.

CCG Head of Medicines Management, Jacqui Seaton, said: “On average there will be 2 children with asthma in every classroom and there are 25,000 emergency hospital admissions for asthma amongst children each year in the UK.

“Research has shown almost 90 per cent of children with asthma have at some time been without their inhaler at school having lost, forgotten or broken it”

“The Emergency Kits could potentially save lives and help prevent unnecessary, traumatic trips to hospital if children have an asthma attack at school and can’t use their own inhaler for whatever reason. We’ve been really impressed by the number of schools that have taken up the offer of receiving the kits and staff training.

The kits include inhalers, spacers, and instructions on use. Parents of pupils who have an asthma diagnosis are been asked if they are happy for the school to administer salbutamol if their child has an attack they can’t treat themselves.Parents are also being reminded of the importance of sending their asthmatic child to school with an inhaler.

Dr Mike Innes, Stirchley GP and Chair of the CCG said: “Hopefully this will give great reassurance to children, parents and the schools themselves. If it also prevents unnecessary hospital admissions or 999 calls to the ambulance service that will be of enormous benefit to the NHS in and around Telford.