We run the largest comprehensive desensitisation service for children in the UK.
The service is run by Dr Adam Fox, consultant paediatric allergist and Roisin Fitzsimons, nurse consultant.
Desensitisation (also known as specific immunotherapy) is a treatment for severe allergies that do not respond fully to medical treatment.
We offer immunotherapy for allergy to:
- pollen (hayfever)
- dust mites
- animal dander
- insect venom.
We also offer the option of subcutaneous (injection) or sublingual (oral) treatment.
Any patient who is being considered for the treatment is seen in an immunotherapy assessment clinic where different treatment options and suitability for treatment is discussed.
Treatment is initiated on our day care ward under the supervision of our specialist nurses and in the case of sublingual immunotherapy is continued at home. We do not currently offer a desensitisation service for food allergies.
We also provide a desensitisation programme for children who have had anaphylaxis to wasp and bee stings. This is an intensive five year treatment programme, requiring regular visits to our day care ward.