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New clinic opens

Monday, 16th February, 2015

Karen Harding-Smith (left) and Dr Margaret Kummerow. Karen Harding-Smith (left) and Dr Margaret Kummerow.

Parents of children with asthma can now attend a new clinic at the Broken Hill Health Service aimed at improving the quality of care of their children.

The Paediatric Asthma Clinic is designed for any paediatric patient aged up to 17 years with a diagnosis of asthma.

“We hope that the clinic will increase the knowledge and confidence of families and support those who may be struggling to control their child’s asthma,” said Paediatrician Dr Margaret Kummerow.

There are “alarming” statistics about asthma. Each year in New South Wales, more than 6,000 children between the age of 12 months and 17 years are hospitalised for asthma.

Asthma has caused the death of 20 children in NSW in 2004-2013 with more deaths in 2010, 2012 and 2013 than in the previous years.

Karen Harding-Smith, Paediatric Nursing Unit Manager, said the new clinic would provide a comprehensive and holistic assessment of a child’s asthma.

This will include ensuring patients are on appropriate medications and are using their medications correctly.

“We will also provide education to promote self-management of asthma and ensure they present to hospital appropriately and in a timely manner,” she said.

“Importantly, we want to ensure families know how to provide asthma first aid in an emergency.”

The first asthma clinic will be held on March 13, 2015. All asthma clinic patients must have a referral from their GP and families will be asked to complete an asthma diary prior to their first appointment.

For more information on the Paediatric Asthma Clinic please contact Karen Harding-Smith, Broken Hill Health Service on (08) 8080 1573.

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