Childhood asthma

Currently, there is one standard within the Children and Young People domain and it focuses on childhood asthma. The aim is to reduce the variation between practices so, no matter which GP practice you take your child to in Salford, you know their GP is doing things in the best way. 

Asthma is the most common long-term condition among children and affects the airways in the lungs. Asthma UK estimates that one child is admitted to hospital in the UK every 17 minutes because of their asthma.

What you should expect from your GP practice if your child has asthma:

  • There is a named clinical lead responsible for asthma
  • There is a register of 0-19 year olds with asthma
  • Children with asthma have a review appointment at least once a year (recommended every three months, depending on how serious they suffer from asthma)
  • The child is given a personalised asthma action plan, including advice on how they can look after themselves at home
  • Appointments last enough time for assessment and management of asthma in children (NICE recommends 20 - 30 minutes)
  • Children with asthma are shown how to use their inhaler
  • Follow up children who have been in hospital, or used the Out of Hours service, for an asthma attack within one week
  • The practice has an audit and implements on-going improvements including asthma diagnosis, emergency admissions and regular asthma reviews

Last reviewed March 2018.