Clinical Allergy

Information for patients


General information
 


Allergy UK is an organization that has produced useful information for patients with allergies, please follow this link to access this.

Anaphylaxis Campaign is another very useful source of information; please follow this link to access this.

Patients should only contact the department on 0117 4148392 or 0117 4148393 or at allergyandimmunology@nbt.nhs.uk if they feel their allergy problem requires urgent attention.

 

COVID-19/ Coronavirus

Our services are now open again and are operating at reduced capacity in a COVID19-secure environment. Consultations are being performed by telephone or video call as far as possible. We know that some patients will have seen delays in their treatment as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on our services, and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please access the government coronavirus website for general information and recommendations on coronavirus.

 

INFORMATION FOR GPs – Clinical Allergy Service 

We run regular Adult Allergy (and Immunology/Immunodeficiency) clinics on Tuesday mornings, Thursday afternoons, and all day Friday seeing patients referred (see Patient Referral Pathways) to our service with suspected or confirmed allergic disease. Criteria and advice for whom to refer can be found on the Remedy website

Patient referrals are accepted via the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) and an Advice and Guidance service also operates via the same channel. Please ensure Adult Allergy is selected for both of these services (not Immunology).

We see patients in our Adult Allergy service with the following conditions:

  • Anaphylaxis (if possible please include hospital discharge summaries with referrals)
  • Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis
  • Bee or wasp allergy
  • Drug and anaesthetic allergy
  • Food allergy
  • Urticaria and/or angioedema
  • C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency (Hereditary Angioedema)

We also offer a dedicated ‘Adult Allergy COVID-19 Vaccine Advice and Guidance’ service that can be accessed via eRS by General Practitioners. Patients who have had a suspected allergic reaction following their first COVID-19 vaccination, or who have a previous history or allergy that indicates the possibility of a high risk of a reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine can be referred by their GP to this. Following review then GPs may be invited to refer to the ‘Adult Allergy COVID-19 Vaccine’ service (by invitation only). Please see here for more information. Please make sure you check the most up to date information about COVID19 vaccine reactions in the Green Book (chapter 14a) as well as the BSACI FAQ sheet before proceeding and complete the referral form. For up to date information on COVID-19 vaccine allergy you can also visit the Anaphylaxis UK website.

Please note we do not see patients for:

  1. “Patch testing” (e.g. for eczema, contact hypersensitivity) – please refer to Dermatology instead.
  2. Lactose or food “intolerance” as we do not have expertise in these conditions.
  3. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic fatigue, or fibromyalgia as we do not have expertise in these conditions.
  4. Mast cell activation disorders as we do not have expertise in the management of these conditions.

Our service also performs:

  • Sublingual and subcutaneous desensitisation
  • Omalizumab injections for chronic spontaneous urticaria
  • Drug and food allergy challenges
  • Drug desensitisation