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The NHS clinical allergy service is organised as a ‘one stop shop’, staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, specialist allergy nurses and dieticians. Adult and paediatric patients suffering from the whole spectrum of allergic disease are treated in the clinics at The David Hide Centre.
Patients are referred by General Practitioners and Consultants from the Island and the mainland. Children are seen by paediatricians with an interest in allergy, and adults by two consultant allergists who travel to the Island each week.
Separate nurse led clinics are held for patients suffering from eczema and for patients who have been prescribed self-injectable adrenaline for life-threatening allergies. Nurses also visit schools and nurseries on request to educate staff on anaphylaxis and administration of adrenaline.
In the financial year 2008/9, 720 new patients and 1080 follow-up patients were seen in the consultant led clinics. There were also 135 attendances for immunotherapy injections for life threatening allergy to bee and wasp venom and severe hay fever symptoms. In addition, 460 patients were seen in specialist nurse led clinics and 480 were seen by the allergy dietician.