An increase in patients struggling with current air pollution levels is "very surprising" for the time of year, a GP has told ITV News.
Dr Pezhman Fard says it is "unusual" to see such a high volume of people suffering shortness of breath when the weather is getting warmer.
Higher numbers of complaints about breathing difficulties are thought to have been brought on by record pollution levels in recent days.
Air pollution in the east of England reached the top of the scale as a 'perfect storm' of conditions blanketed parts of the country.
Our region is one of the worst-affected by "very high" levels of air pollution today, with much of the East stuck under a cloud of smog.