Asthma sufferers across the Fylde coast are being given the chance to ask questions about their condition to experts via twitter.
Respiratory nurses from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be holding a twitter chat Q&A session for an hour on May 5, 2015 between 1pm and 2pm as part of an awareness day aimed at encouraging people with asthma to take control of the condition and manage their own treatment as well as they can.
Every 10 seconds someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack and three people die every day. Tragically two thirds of these deaths could be prevented, whilst others still suffer with asthma so severe current treatments don‟t work.
Christopher Jackson, Lead Respiratory Nurse Specialist at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and will be leading the tweets.
He said: “It is very easy for people with asthma to get complacent about their condition. Very often they carry their inhaler around and use it only if they feel out of breath. Sometimes they think they haven‟t had an attack for a while so have „outgrown‟ or been cured of the condition. You can‟t outgrow or be cured of it and it can strike at any time.
“We want to help answer questions people have that they might not want to go to their GP for. Things like are they using their inhaler properly or which to use when; what triggers it; how they can help a relative if they have an asthma attack. Those are the sorts of things we will be able to help with.”
To join the chat log in to your twitter account and ask your question to Christopher by using the hashtag #bthasthma. You can ask questions before hand and Chris will try to answer them during the conversation on the day. –
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Notes to editors “Every ten seconds someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack” according to Asthma UK