QA given £1.2m to trial asthma treatment

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MORE than £1m has been given to a hospital trust to try out a new asthma treatment.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital, has been awarded £1.2m to see whether a bedside air-filtering device can improve life for patients with severe asthma.

Professor Anoop Chauhan, director of research at QA, was given the money from the National Institute for Health Research to see if temperature-controlled airflow will reduce the frequency of asthma attacks.

The trial will see 222 patients who have severe allergic asthma, which remains poorly controlled despite high intensity treatment, receive the treatment.

The device is installed beside the patient’s bedside for use overnight and works by filtering the air to deliver ‘clean’ allergen-free air to the patient’s breathing zone allowing the lungs and airways to ‘rest’ in clean air overnight.

Half of the participants in the trial will receive a device that is working, and the other half will receive a device which has been inactivated.