Free talk on living with asthma – the causes, symptoms and treatment

Free talk on living with asthma – the causes, symptoms and treatment
17 February 2016

On Wednesday 9th March 2016, The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust will be hosting a free talk on asthma, with Dianne Cook, lead advanced paediatric nurse practitioner and Helen Balyski, respiratory emergency nurse, at the Post Graduate Centre, North Manchester General Hospital.

If you have just been diagnosed with asthma, have had an asthma attack, want support, or just not sure whether you have asthma or not; the talk will give you the opportunity to find out more about asthma symptoms, treatment and management, plus a chance for any of your questions to be answered.

Asthma is a common, chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.  It affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood.  There are 5.4 million people in the UK with asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).

Tragically, three people in the UK die every day because of asthma. It is a serious condition that needs proper care as an estimated 90 per cent of deaths from asthma are preventable and an estimated 75 per cent of hospital admissions for asthma are avoidable. Most people with asthma who get the right treatment - and take it correctly - can manage their symptoms and lead a normal life.

Dianne said: “If you have asthma, you can take an active role in managing the disease as it is a treatable health condition. Although at present there is no cure, with good management, children, young people and adults with asthma can lead normal safe active lives. Don’t let asthma get in the way of your health and well-being in everyday life.”

The talk will be held on Wednesday 9th March, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm at the Post-Graduate Centre, North Manchester General Hospital.   The event is free and open to the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s members.

‘Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at our four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s members the opportunity to learn more about the services at PAHNT.   So far, more than 12,000 people have signed up to become trust members.

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email