Asthma sufferers told to stay safe this winter

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Health chiefs are urging those with breathing conditinos to stay warm this winter.

NHS England in Nottinghamshire is warning those with respiratory conditions to stay safe as they anticipate an annual spike in hospital admissions for those with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Asthma sufferers are particularly vulnerable to the cold weather and viral infections, such as flu can lead to patients needing more care and support than usual and often resulting in admittance to hospital.

Tips health chiefs are recommending are to avoid going out in cold weather by asking friends and neighbours for help with essentials, such as shopping or medicines, and having the flu jab.

If people are unsure they are asked to call the NHS on 111 or visit a pharmacist.

Linda Syson-Nibbs, public health screening and immunisation lead in Nottinghamshire said: “Many people would not need to be admitted to hospital if they took a few simple self-care steps. I’ve worked with many patients with respiratory conditions over the years and I’ve seen how those with help and support have become experts at managing their own conditions.

“I know that most respiratory crises can be dealt with at home or in the community. Patients with asthma or COPD should all have self-management and action plans in place. My message to patients and the public is simple: Look after yourself this winter.”