Allergy: UCLH

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Diagnosis and treatment of adult patients with allergic conditions. The team consists of two consultant physicians, specialist dietitian and nurse and manages conditions such as: 

  • hay fever caused by grass or tree pollen 
  • bee or wasp venom allergy 
  • house dust mite allergy 
  • animal allergies, such as cats and dogs 
  • urticaria and angioedema
  • asthma 
  • atopic eczema (not contact allergy)
  • food allergy and intolerance

Investigations include skin prick testing and specific IgE blood testing (ELISA) including ISAC Allergy panel.

Management strategies include: allergen avoidance; medications (topical preparations, antihistamines, adrenaline auto-injectors, omalizumab for severe chronic urticaria); and subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy (“desensitisation”), a three-year course of purified allergy-causing substances (such as pollens, bee and wasp venom, house dust mite) for long-term relief of conditions such as severe hay fever, house dust mite, cat, bee or wasp sting allergy. 

This service does NOT offer:

  • Patch testing for eczema (this is available at Whittington Hospital Dermatology, Royal London Hospital (Whitechapel) and Guy's and St Thomas's Dermatology service
  • Drug allergy diagnosis and treatment. This is provided by the UCLH Drug Allergy Service at the Royal Nose, Throat and Ear Hospital.

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs


Referral methods: e-Referrals

Before referring, clinical advice and guidance may be useful for:

  • uncertainty about the need for referral
  • need for/usefulness of allergy tests
  • interpretation of allergy tests already performed (including private “intolerance” tests)
  • medical management queries
  • requirement for adrenaline auto-injector prescription
  • consideration of immunotherapy

For medication allergy queries, please contact UCLH Drug Allergy service.
For Covid vaccination queries, there is a specific advice and guidance section.

Make routine referrals via CHI RSS through e-Referrals

Make urgent referrals via e-Referrals direct to the hospital.