There are nearly 6 million people in the UK with Asthma. Sadly, over 1,500 people die of Asthma every year in the UK. Since late 2014, schools have been allowed to hold spare emergency reliever inhalers.
With the prevalence of Asthma in children increasing, in late 2014 schools have been allowed to hold spare emergency reliever inhalers.
Asthma UK, who campaigned for the change, found that 86% of children have been without their own inhaler because it was lost, forgotten, broken or had run out.
Schools can buy inhalers and spacers in small quantities and on an occasional basis from a pharmaceutical supplier, such as a local pharmacy, without a prescription. Pharmacies are not required to provide inhalers or spacers free of charge to schools, it is likely there will be a small charge.
The schools should provide a request signed by the principal or head teacher (ideally on appropriately headed paper) stating:
- the name of the school for which the product is required;
- the purpose for which that product is required, and
- the total quantity required.
Schools may wish to discuss with their community pharmacist the different plastic spacers available and what is most appropriate for the age-group in the school. Community pharmacists can also provide advice on the use of the inhaler.
Acknowledgement Asthma UK