Concern Over Postcode Lottery Of Asthma Care

ASTHMA sufferers in Wales are facing a postcode lottery when it comes to the help they receive to manage their condition at home instead of being admitted to hospital in an emergency.

On World Asthma Day, Asthma UK Cymru has released a report which reveals differences in the rates of hospital admissions across South Wales and are demanding better local services for victims. In Blaenau Gwent sufferers are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital than those in nearby Powys.

The campaigners say Wales has some of the highest rates of childhood asthma in the world and more than a third of hospital admissions for asthma in Wales are for children aged under 15.

They claim 75% of admissions could be avoided if better preventative steps were taken to manage the condition.

One of the key demands by Asthma UK Cymru is for asthmatics to get a review of their condition with a GP every six months.

Janet Pardue-Wood, National Director of Asthma UK Cymru, said: “We are determined that our campaign informs health services and the Welsh Assembly Government about the costs and consequences of unnecessary hospital admissions.”