There are 368,000 people in Scotland currently receiving treatment for asthma. Of these, 72,000 (1 in 13 of the total population) are children and 296,000 (1 in 14 of the total population) are adults. 37,000 people in Scotland have severe asthma symptoms.

Asthma UK Scotland is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people with asthma in Scotland by:

  • Understanding the issues that matter to people in Scotland and identifying how we can help.
  • Ensure that people with asthma are represented where decisions are made that affect them, especially at the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government. 
  • Working across the health sector, including with health professionals to improve services for people with asthma
  • Build partnerships with the people and bodies that can help us to make a difference.
  • Raising the profile of asthma in the media to health providers and keeping people with asthma informed about the latest developments in asthma care

Our work

  • SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) in partnership with Asthma UK Scotland has produced professional and patient asthma guidelines and led implementation workshops leading to asthma priorities for health boards in Scotland.
  • Asthma UK Scotland was involved in developing the standards for services for children with asthma in conjunction with NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and other bodies. These standards have been developed to ensure that children and young people with asthma are involved in decisions about their treatment and that they receive a high level of care no matter where they live in Scotland.  They encourage health boards to identify areas that require further service development.
  • We are working with the Respiratory National Advisory Group and Respiratory Managed Clinical Networks to implement the asthma priorities document. Asthma UK Scotland has links to respiratory MCNs across Scotland, as well as their paediatric subgroups and patient involvement groups.We are also involved in the Children and Young Peoples Allergy Network Scotland, which aims to support the development of and improve access to allergy services across Scotland.
  • We provide the secretariat for The Cross Party Group on Asthma. This provides a platform for MSPs from all political parties to discuss issues relating to asthma; to liaise with those affected by the condition, organisations representing their interests and health workers dealing with asthma; and to promote good practice and raise specific issues of concern.

Click here if you would like to get involved in our work in Scotland

Further information on asthma in Scotland

For the latest statistics ScotPHO, our public health observatory reports on policy and health care use for allergic conditions and asthma for Asthma key points and Statistics on primary and secondary care, prescribing and mortality. ISD Scotland (Information Services Division) collects data from health care providers and produces health statistics including admission rates across health boards, admission rates broken down by age group and number of children discharged with a diagnosis of asthma.

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