Stuart Johnston, a community pharmacist from South Ockendon, Essex, who has a particular interest in asthma, gave his personal view of the profession's role in management of this condition in an article for the C+D in 1994. Twenty five years later, Mr Johnston has collaborated with his daughter Laura King, clinical nurse specialist for children and young people’s asthma at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust in north-east London, to show how the basics of asthma care in the community are still the same.
Beginning the consultation
Most patients only take in around 20-60% of the information given in hospital.(1) Pharmacists and pharmacy staff are ideally placed to support their communities and within their customer base are often entire families. In asthma, this support