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5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma, with an average of 3 people dying from an asthma attack every day.1 This represents an NHS spend of around £1 billion per year treating and caring for people with asthma.1 Uncontrolled symptoms, such as wheezing, cough and chest tightness, have a significant impact on day-to-day life with patients requiring days off work or school and frequent hospital admissions.
Identifying uncontrolled and potentially severe asthma in primary care and knowing when to refer for further assessment and consideration of a biologic can be challenging, with poor inhaler technique and non-adherence to asthma treatment negatively impacting patient outcomes.
The Accelerated Access Collaborative have produced podcasts, posters, learning modules, and webinars to equip clinicians with the tools and knowledge to overcome these barriers and support earlier identification of uncontrolled asthma, ensuring timely review and referral.
Uncontrolled asthma patients can be difficult to identify in primary care for several reasons, meaning patients who could benefit from secondary care are missed. Check out this podcast with Beverley Bostock and Kerry Mills, who take you through their step-by-step HASTE tool created to aid primary care clinicians in reviewing patients with uncontrolled asthma and knowing when to refer. Make HASTE and refer!
Primary care clinicians can struggle to know when asthma is uncontrolled and when patients should be referred to secondary care. Following our first podcast on the new HASTE tool, we have developed a one-page poster to consolidate the key points, tips, and tricks. Whether you hang it on your wall or keep it on your phone, use this document to identify and appropriately treat your patients displaying uncontrolled asthma symptoms.Download PDF
In this second podcast from the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative, Beverley Bostock (Advanced Nurse Practitioner), Grainne d’Ancona (Consultant Pharmacist), and Hitasha Rupani (Respiratory Consultant in a Severe Asthma Centre) give you an excellent summary of the content covered in the other educational resources so far. From understanding and diagnosing asthma, to optimising care and the referral process, this is a great round up of all the ‘need-to-knows’. The team also revisit some useful tools for treatment, including H.A.S.T.E and SPECTRA, and suggest some key resources to further your knowledge.
1. Asthma UK. Asthma facts and statistics. Available at: https://www.asthma.org.uk/about/media/facts-and-statistics/. Accessed: November 2021,