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Paediatric respiratory nursing posts in secondary care reduce asthma morbidity, but provision is variable
  1. M McKean1,
  2. J Furness2
  1. 1
    Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  2. 2
    Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington, UK
  1. John Furness, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Hollyhurst Road, Darlington DL3 6HX, UK; john.furness{at}


British guidelines on asthma recommend nurse delivered structured discharges for all children with asthma. This study carried out a postal and telephone survey to investigate the provision of this service. Twenty out of 34 (59%) hospitals in the Northern and Yorkshire regions do not have a recognised paediatric respiratory nurse post to facilitate this aspect of care.

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