By Amy Peckham-Driver

10th August 2020

Categorised in Good To Know

Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation recently conducted a survey which revealed that people with lung conditions either avoided or delayed treatment during lockdown, as they were worried about putting pressure on the NHS and about the spread of coronavirus.

As a result, as many as 23% of people with lung conditions experienced worse symptoms, with many of them attempting to manage this deterioration on their own, without any medical assistance. The survey results also revealed that an even higher number of people felt they couldn’t seek the treatment they needed.
In response to this, the charities are now calling for the NHS to set out a plan to ensure that patients with lung conditions have full access to the services they need and are given the reassurance and approval to use those services throughout the pandemic, as well as into a second wave if it occurs.

Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation are now pushing for annual reviews and inhaler technique checks to resume as soon as possible to ensure that those who delayed their care during lockdown can now receive full support. Dr Andy Whittamore, the clinical lead for Asthma UK, said that “As we head towards winter, it is vital that patients can access the help that they need. This should include routine care for conditions such as asthma, COPD and bronchiectasis, and urgent care if they are getting an increase in their symptoms.”

The charities continue to emphasise the importance of making the appropriate healthcare services available to patients with lung conditions, as well as increasing access to treatment in order to build up a resilience ahead of a potential second wave. To read the full report, and to learn more about their additional findings, click here.

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