Action plan is needed

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Readers may have been shocked to hear of the death of Stuart Baggs, former star of The Apprentice, due to an asthma attack at the age of 27.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at such a heart-breaking time.

Many people don’t realise how serious asthma is yet every 10 seconds someone in the UK is having a potentially life threatening attack and three people die from asthma every day.

I can’t stress enough how important it is that the one in 11 people with asthma in the UK recognise the early warning signs of an attack and know what to do when their symptoms are getting worse.

Every person with asthma should have a written asthma action plan, which helps them deal with worsening symptoms and reminds them what to do in an emergency. Without one, people are four times more likely to be admitted to hospital.

Anyone concerned about their asthma can call the Asthma UK Helpline on 0300 222 5800 to speak to a specialist nurse or visit www.asthma.org.uk for more information or to download a written asthma action plan.

Dr Samantha Walker,

Deputy Chief Executive of Asthma UK