Asthma facts and statistics

Asthma UK's press office can provide facts and statistics about asthma including prevalence, deaths and hospital admissions.

If you use any of the statistics below, please attribute them to Asthma UK

Key facts for journalists

  • 5.4 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).
  • Every 10 seconds someone is having a potentially life-threatening asthma attack in the UK.
  • On average, 3 people die from an asthma attack in the UK every day
  • Around 200,000 people in the UK have severe asthma, this is a debilitating form of the condition that doesn’t respond to usual treatments and can cause people to be in and out of hospital
  • The NHS spends around £1 billion a year treating and caring for people with asthma.
  • In 2016/17 (the most recent data available) there were 77,124 admissions to hospital for asthma in the UK.
  • In 2017 (the most recent data available) 1,484 people in the UK died from an asthma attack in the UK

 Asthma across the UK

England

4,500,000 people (1 in 11) are currently receiving treatment for asthma. This consists of 932,000 children and 3,600,000 adults.

Scotland

368,000 people (1 in 14) are currently receiving treatment for asthma. This includes 72,000 children and 296,000 adults.

Wales

314,000 people (1 in 10) are currently receiving treatment for asthma. This consists of 59,000 children and 256,000 adults.

Northern Ireland

182,000 people (1 in 10) are currently receiving treatment for asthma. This includes 36,000 children and 146,000 adults.

Asthma hospitalisations

 You can use our interactive map below to find out how many people have been hospitalised by asthma across the nations/regions