The majority of children and young people with asthma are cared for within the community by their GP. This section provides tools to support doctors and healthcare professionals in community care to develop high quality asthma services.

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The British Thoracic Society Guideline (2014) outlines when a child or young person with asthma or suspected asthma should be referred to secondary care. Each GP Practice should have a system in place to ensure that appropriate secondary care follow up is in place for all children and young people following two or more A&E attendances.

Download a template letter for referring from primary to secondary care.

Referral Pathway –The attached referral pathway, designed by the Severe Asthma Network subgroup of the London Asthma Leadership and Innovation Group, shows the route to a specialist (tertiary) severe asthma service for children aged 5 – 16 years with problematic asthma. Referrals can be made from primary or secondary care.

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