ASTHMA patients across the region have been urged to sign up for a free 12-week programme which could dramatically increase their control of the condition.

The programme, set up by Asthma UK, gives personalised support and advice to help asthmatics understand their illness and how it affects them.

The three-month plan involves advice, activities and tips sent straight to their phone, and is designed for people who may find it hard keeping to a routine with their asthma medicines.

South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging any asthma patients in the area to find out if they are eligible for the free support.

Dr Ali Tahmassebi from South Tees CCG, said: “Many asthma patients find the condition takes over their life – this is the ideal opportunity to take back control.

“Asthma attacks can be a terrifying and traumatic experience. As well as hopefully reducing the number of attacks, this support will help reduce any fears that patients may have.

“I would urge any non-severe asthma patient in South Tees to find out more about the scheme and see if they fit the criteria for the next programme starting in April - it could change their life."

To take part, you will need access to a smart phone.

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