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Reminder: Significant increase in hospital A&E attendances for asthma each September

As you will be aware, it is important to make sure that your child’s asthma is well-managed throughout the year by taking their medication as prescribed, monitoring symptoms and following their individual asthma plan.

It has been noted that hospital A&E attendances for asthma peak each September. This increase in asthma symptoms may be due to the fact that some children experience fewer symptoms during the summer holidays, and therefore do not take their asthma medication regularly. Therefore, before the school summer holidays start we would like to take this opportunity to remind parents/Guardians of the key things which will help children to manage their asthma:

  • Your child should take their preventer medication as prescribed, even when they are feeling well.
  • Make sure that your child has easy access to their own normal relieving medication at all times, especially when they take part in physical activity.
  • If your child is considered able to carry their own reliever inhaler, remind them to make sure that they have it with them it at all times.

If your child has not had a recent Asthma Review with the Practice Nurse, or does not have an asthma management plan, please make an appointment for a Nurse Asthma review. It is important that your child has an asthma review every 6-12 months and continues to use their preventer inhalers all year round.

Further useful information and resources about asthma can be found on the Asthma UK website:

We hope this information will help you to help your child to manage their asthma and avoid possible asthma attacks


Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes leads to serious complications. The disease is still endemic in many countries around the world including Europe, with France, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Germany among the countries reporting the highest case counts

Measles can kill and is incredibly easy to catch, especially if you’re not vaccinated and travelling to affected countries. If you’re in any doubt about your – or your child’s – vaccination status, ask your GP or check your child’s Red Book. Before you travel you should ensure you and your family are up to date with all currently recommended UK vaccines and MMR is especially important if you’re planning to travel throughout the summer due to the ongoing outbreaks happening across Europe. It’s never too late to get protected.

Travelers might not typically think to check vaccination requirements for travel to Europe, but we encourage everyone to check their health records and catch-up on any missed vaccinations wherever they are travelling to. No matter where people are going on holiday, we always encourage them to check the Foreign Office’s travel advice at the time of booking and before they are due to travel to make sure they are aware of the latest information about the destination and any health requirements.

In the UK, MMR is usually given to infants at around 12 months of age, with a second dose given before school, to ensure best protection. In some cases, MMR can be offered to babies from 6 months of age (for example, for travel to countries where measles is common, or during an outbreak situation). Ask your health professional for advice on the best option for your children before you travel.

Two doses of MMR in a lifetime are needed for a person to be considered fully protected.

Measles signs and symptoms

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. It’s now uncommon in the UK because of the effective MMR vaccination programme. Although usually a mild illness in children, measles can be more severe in adults.

The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after a person is infected. These can include:

  • cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a cough
  • sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
  • a high temperature (fever), which may reach around 40°C (104°F)
  • a few days later, a red-brown blotchy rash will appear. This usually starts on the head or upper neck, before spreading outwards to the rest of the body

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Our Practice Team ares supporting the lullaby trust campaign and parents to access the ABCs of SAFER SLEEPING FOR BABIES

You can access the lullaby trust website here

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Kirklees Local Offer for families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities
The Kirklees Local Offer is for families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and contains information about services relating to special educational needs, disabilities, education and more for children and young people aged 0-25.

It is part of the Children and Families Act which brought in a number of important changes about support and services.  The local offer will continue to develop over the coming months to cover:

  • Learning – from early years through schools, colleges to employment.
  • Health – from GPs and health visitors to hospitals and specialist care.
  • Social Care – from assessments for support, safeguarding, to respite and short breaks.
  • Other services – such as leisure and after school activities. Self-help information about a range of conditions and related subjects.

    Information about the additional needs register and how to register.

    About the register

    The Kirklees Additional Needs Register is a list of children and young people (0-25 years) with special educational needs and/or disabilities in Kirklees.

    The register is a list of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in Kirklees. Registration is voluntary.

    The information you provide will give us a clearer picture of special educational needs and disability in Kirklees and helps us to plan for services.

    By registering you will be entitled to a free ‘Flexi Card’ with Kirklees Active Leisure giving your family a 20% discount on a wide range of activities

  • To help to raise awareness we have included a link to the Kirklees Local Offer website
  • you can also download this information leaflet here: additional needs flyer

This leaflet has been produced for families of children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both who may be prescribed (or are prescribed) psychotropic medication, to help them ask questions about their care and be more involved in discussion.