Adult Severe Asthma Service 

Asthma is the commonest long term medical condition in the UK, affecting about 5 million people.

Many people with asthma achieve control of symptoms with inhalers, but around 2% still have troublesome symptoms and asthma attacks despite taking inhalers containing steroids and additional controllers (such as seretide or symbicort), or need steroid tablets to control their asthma.

It is now recognised that these patients need a specialist team to assess and manage their asthma, and UCLH has set up a new severe asthma service (SAS) to address this need. Nationally, this is seen as a health priority and NHS England has set up specially commissioned centres in each region to provide expert care (UCLH is linked with the Barts Healthcare in one of these centres).

Conditions treated

Patients referred to the service need to meet the following criteria:

  • Any adult asthma patient (aged 16 or over)
  • Symptomatic despite high dose inhaled corticosteroids plus additional controller
  • Has required two or more courses of oral prednisolone in the last year for asthma, two or more A&E visits, or has been admitted to hospital for asthma
Dr Harsha Kariyawasam Specialist Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Ear, nose and throat services (ENT), Adult Severe Asthma Service
Dr Florian Vogt Adult Severe Asthma Service
Ms Helene Bellas Henry Adult Severe Asthma Service, Respiratory Medicine
Ms Ravijyot Saggu Adult Severe Asthma Service
Ms Rebecca Livingston Adult Severe Asthma Service, Respiratory Medicine
Ms Therese Bidder Adult Severe Asthma Service
Professor Douglas Robinson Adult Severe Asthma Service

 Contact details

Adult Severe Asthma Service
University College Hospital
Department of Thoracic Medicine
4th Floor East
250 Euston Road

General enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 9005

Service manager - Felicity Carson

 Patient testimonials

“I would like to say that the whole severe asthma team have been amazing. You have all listened and done everything you can to help. You’re all so approachable which makes it easy to ask questions.”