A 24-hour service for local children who suffer from asthma in south east Essex has been shortlisted by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).
The service, provided by NHS South East Essex Community Healthcare, offers support, advice and specialist home nursing for children with asthma and their families. The service is run by the young people’s asthma service and the paediatric community nurses empowering local residents to manage asthma at home, preventing unnecessary attendance at hospital.
Over 200 children are listed on the Asthma programme, with the majority having already benefited following referrals from GPs or paediatrician.
Julie Wallis, Interim Service Manager for children with health needs and disabilities for NHS South East Essex said:
“I am absolutely delighted that such an invaluable service has been recognised by the Health Service Journal. I would like to thank all staff involved in delivering this service plus also thank colleagues from Southend Hospital and the pharmacy team at NHS South East Essex for their ongoing support.”
Around one in 10 children have asthma which can be stressful for both children and their parents. The 24-hour service benefits both parents and children in south east Essex by providing around the clock care. It’s really important that help is at hand for local children affected by asthma so that they can be assisted in taking control of their symptoms and continuing to lead a full and active life.”