East Lancs asthma patients ‘dicing with death’

East Lancs asthma patients ‘dicing with death’

East Lancs asthma patients ‘dicing with death’

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

HEALTH campaigner Russ McLean said asthma patients should be more ‘proactive’ in getting help to deal with the condition.

His comments came as a new report into asthma deaths in the UK revealed thousands of people may be dying unnecessarily because of ‘complacency’ about the condition among patients and medical staff.

Although deaths linked to the condition have been falling, there were still 1,242 in 2012, meaning the UK has some of the highest mortality rates in Europe, according to the National Review of Asthma Deaths.

The report calls for better monitoring and improved education for doctors, nurses, patients and carers.

Mr McLean, chairman of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group, said: “I think NHS services are quite good for asthma patients in East Lancashire, but the most worrying thing is the feeling that asthma isn’t really a dangerous illness.

“If you aren’t being called in for a review of your medication, or if you’re having to use you’re inhaler three or four times a week, then things aren’t right and it’s time to see your GP. I think we’ve got the infra-structure in place to get the patients in, but whether they are taking those offers up is another matter. I think patients need to be more proactive about managing the condition.”

Earlier this year the Lancashire Telegraph reported that Blackburn with Darwen had the second highest hospital admission rate for asthma attacks among children in England in 2012/13. The NHS authority which covers Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale, had the sixth worst rate.

Health chiefs pointed to the high levels of deprivation across East Lancashire, with cold and damp houses thought to be contributing to the problem.

Prof Mike Morgan, NHS England's national clinical director for respiratory services, said of the national report: “Every patient should have a care plan which should be regularly reviewed and patients should be supported to manage their asthma, including effective inhaler technique."

Asthma is caused by inflammation of the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. Various triggers can irritate the lungs, such as dust, animal fur, pollen, tobacco smoke and cold air, prompting the airways to narrow and the muscles around them to tighten, causing a cough, wheezing, or breathlessness.

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9:24am Thu 8 May 14

jenkinsroy says...

well well I have been saying there is a problem in COLNE has well
with the increase in bad health her because of the flower that are put out
all over the TOWN CENTER HERE IN COLNE THERE IS FAR TO MANY
I have email MRS DOROTHY LORD about this matter got no reply.?
she is the FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF COLNE IN BLOOM
AND A MEMBER OF THE LIB DEM COUNCILLOR IN WATERSIDE HERE
THAT MAKE ALL THE CUTS TO COLNE .
BUT NOT HER FOWLER BUSINESS SHE IS PAYED £15500 OUT OF
OUR COUNCIL TAX WHY NO REPLY FROM HER OR HER PARTY
I TOLD HER THE FLOWER WHERE FAR TOO MANY IN TOWN CENTER
AND COURSING HEALTH PROBLEM SHE DID REPLY TO THIS EMAIL
SAYING SHE WAS NOT AWARE OF THE PROBLEM I ASKED HER TO LOOK INTO IT NO REPLAY .
WELL NOW THE
East Lancs asthma patients ‘dicing with death WILL INFORM HER
IF SHE ASKS THEM FOR INFORMATION ON THIS MATTER BUT WILL SHE .????
I AM NOT SAYING DO NOT PUT FLOWER OUT JUST CUT BACK ON THEM AND SAVE MONEY WHICH COULD BE SPENT ON OUR TOILETS
IN THE BUS STATION TO KEEP OPEN AFTER ALL THE MONEY IS
FOR OUR BENEFIT IS IT NOT.
I WOULD PREFER THE TOILETS TO FLOWER ANY DAY .
ALSO NELSON BE AWARE SHE IS GOING TO BLANKET YOU WITH FLOWER I HAVE BEEN TOLD .
I ASKED HER ALL HER PARTY IF WE IN COLNE ARE PAYING FOR NELSON TO BE FLOWERED AND IF SO WHY.?
IF WE ARE NOT PAYING ARE NELSON COUNCIL TAX PAYER PAYING
AND IF SO DOSE THIS MEAN SHE WILL GET THE SAME PAYMENT OF
THEM AS SHE GET OFF US IN COLNE IF SHE DOSE THAT WILL MEAN SHE IS GETTING £31000 OF COUNCIL TAXPAYER MONEY WHY NO REPLY FROM THEM AT ALL .?
THE £31000 IF SHE IS GETTING THIS MONEY COULD BE SPENT ON OUR TOILETS IN COLNE DO YOU NOT THINK SO I DO .?
ALSO THE CHAIN CAN GO INTO THE POT FOR OUR GALA WHICH
THEY SAY WE CANNOT AFFORD THEY MUST START TO GET THERE ACT TOGETHER .
ALSO DO NOT PUT IT IN THE WRONG POT BY THIS I MEAN THE GOVERNMENTS POT YOU HAVE PUT ALL THE MONEY IN OUT OF THE CUTS YOU HAVE DONE IN COLNE AND RETURNED IT TO THEM TO HELP WITH THE 2015 FOUNDING OF YOUR PARTY AND THE TORY PARTY .?
REMEMBER ALL YOU IN COLNE THE MAY ELECTION ARE ON 22 MAY
VOTE FOR WHAT IS BEST FOR COLNE NOT WHAT IS BEST FOR THIS GOVERNMENT AND THEIR PARTY MEMBERS THAT TREATS US LIKE **** HERE.
well well I have been saying there is a problem in COLNE has well with the increase in bad health her because of the flower that are put out all over the TOWN CENTER HERE IN COLNE THERE IS FAR TO MANY I have email MRS DOROTHY LORD about this matter got no reply.? she is the FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF COLNE IN BLOOM AND A MEMBER OF THE LIB DEM COUNCILLOR IN WATERSIDE HERE THAT MAKE ALL THE CUTS TO COLNE . BUT NOT HER FOWLER BUSINESS SHE IS PAYED £15500 OUT OF OUR COUNCIL TAX WHY NO REPLY FROM HER OR HER PARTY I TOLD HER THE FLOWER WHERE FAR TOO MANY IN TOWN CENTER AND COURSING HEALTH PROBLEM SHE DID REPLY TO THIS EMAIL SAYING SHE WAS NOT AWARE OF THE PROBLEM I ASKED HER TO LOOK INTO IT NO REPLAY . WELL NOW THE East Lancs asthma patients ‘dicing with death WILL INFORM HER IF SHE ASKS THEM FOR INFORMATION ON THIS MATTER BUT WILL SHE .???? I AM NOT SAYING DO NOT PUT FLOWER OUT JUST CUT BACK ON THEM AND SAVE MONEY WHICH COULD BE SPENT ON OUR TOILETS IN THE BUS STATION TO KEEP OPEN AFTER ALL THE MONEY IS FOR OUR BENEFIT IS IT NOT. I WOULD PREFER THE TOILETS TO FLOWER ANY DAY . ALSO NELSON BE AWARE SHE IS GOING TO BLANKET YOU WITH FLOWER I HAVE BEEN TOLD . I ASKED HER ALL HER PARTY IF WE IN COLNE ARE PAYING FOR NELSON TO BE FLOWERED AND IF SO WHY.? IF WE ARE NOT PAYING ARE NELSON COUNCIL TAX PAYER PAYING AND IF SO DOSE THIS MEAN SHE WILL GET THE SAME PAYMENT OF THEM AS SHE GET OFF US IN COLNE IF SHE DOSE THAT WILL MEAN SHE IS GETTING £31000 OF COUNCIL TAXPAYER MONEY WHY NO REPLY FROM THEM AT ALL .? THE £31000 IF SHE IS GETTING THIS MONEY COULD BE SPENT ON OUR TOILETS IN COLNE DO YOU NOT THINK SO I DO .? ALSO THE CHAIN CAN GO INTO THE POT FOR OUR GALA WHICH THEY SAY WE CANNOT AFFORD THEY MUST START TO GET THERE ACT TOGETHER . ALSO DO NOT PUT IT IN THE WRONG POT BY THIS I MEAN THE GOVERNMENTS POT YOU HAVE PUT ALL THE MONEY IN OUT OF THE CUTS YOU HAVE DONE IN COLNE AND RETURNED IT TO THEM TO HELP WITH THE 2015 FOUNDING OF YOUR PARTY AND THE TORY PARTY .? REMEMBER ALL YOU IN COLNE THE MAY ELECTION ARE ON 22 MAY VOTE FOR WHAT IS BEST FOR COLNE NOT WHAT IS BEST FOR THIS GOVERNMENT AND THEIR PARTY MEMBERS THAT TREATS US LIKE **** HERE. jenkinsroy
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