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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Allergies: Health Services (11 Nov 2021)

Lord Kamall: The Government is committed to ensuring that all people with allergies have access to the services they need to manage their condition. The majority of those with allergies can be supported by locally commissioned services, with specialist allergy clinics available for those with more severe or complex allergic conditions. To support healthcare professionals; including those in primary care...

Written Answers — Health: Allergies (12 Feb 2004)

Stephen Ladyman: It is the role of primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to decide what services to provide for their populations, including those with allergies. They are best placed to understand local health care needs and commission services to meet them. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) published their report, "Allergy—the unmet need: a blueprint for better patient care", on...

Written Answers — Health: Food Allergies (18 Jan 2002)

Yvette Cooper: The Food Standards Agency is currently spending £800,000 a year on research into food allergy. This research focuses both on the occurrence of food allergies and the mechanisms underlying the reactions with emphasis on severe allergy, in particular peanut and tree-nut allergies. The FSA currently funds 12 research projects on peanut allergy (the main cause of food allergy related deaths in...

NHS Allergy Services (29 Oct 2021)

Jon Cruddas: I rise to make a series of points about improving allergy services in the UK and to speak in support of numerous recommendations made this week by the all-party parliamentary group on allergy and the National Allergy Strategy Group in their report, “Meeting the challenges of the National Allergy Crisis”. I will begin on a positive note and say how much the allergy community appreciated...

Written Answers — Health: Allergies (28 Mar 2011)

Paul Burstow: The information requested is not held centrally. In 2009-10, there were some 97,000 out-patient visits, including 39,000 first attendances, to out-patient clinics in the specialties of allergy, clinical immunology and allergy, and paediatric immunology and allergy. However, many patients with allergies will be managed in primary care or by specialists in other disciplines and estimates of the...

Written Answers — Health: Allergies (1 Sep 2003)

Stephen Ladyman: The Department of Health is currently doing no analysis into the increase of different types of allergy. We are aware that allergic disease is one of the major causes of illness in the developed world and that incidence is on the increase. A range of research projects on the epidemiology of allergies, however, have recently been completed or are still on-going. The International Study of...

Written Answers — Health: Allergies (4 Jul 2003)

Stephen Ladyman: The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) estimate in their report into allergies published on 25 June, that at least 15 per cent. of the population is affected by some form of allergy. Additionally, the following table shows the number of prescription items for the treatment of allergies dispensed in the community in England between 1991–2002. Number of prescription items for treatment of...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (28 Feb 2018)

Steve Brine: Care for patients with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome in an outpatient setting is provided by local allergy clinics, available in most hospitals. These services are commissioned locally by clinical commissioning groups. A list of allergy clinics can be obtained from the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology at: http://www.bsaci.org/professionals/allergy-specialists The...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Allergies: Health Services (8 Nov 2021)

Gillian Keegan: The majority of those with allergies can be supported by locally commissioned primary or other non-specialist allergy services. Specialist allergy clinics are available for those with more severe or complex allergic conditions. To support healthcare professionals in the implementation of clear care pathways, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published guidance on the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (28 Feb 2018)

Steve Brine: A number of standard tests relevant to patients being cared for in allergy clinics are available at most hospitals. Mast cell activation marker tests are not standard tests within the National Health Service and are ordered by individual NHS clinicians using local procedures based on the assessment of individual cases. The expertise required to investigate and manage the allergic symptoms...

Written Answers — Health: Allergies (25 Feb 2004)

Stephen Ladyman: It is the role of primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to decide what services to provide for their populations, including those with allergies. They are best placed to understand local health care needs and commission services to meet them. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) published their report, "Allergy—the unmet need: a blueprint for better patient care", on...

Written Answers — Health: Allergies (1 Jul 2004)

Stephen Ladyman: We welcomed the Royal College of Physicians' report and believe it is a useful contribution to the debate on how to improve National Health Service allergy services. It is the role of primary care trusts, in partnership with local stakeholders, to decide what services to provide for their populations, including those with allergies. They are best placed to understand local health care needs...

Allergy Services (29 Nov 2007)

Jo Swinson: I am delighted to be able to introduce this debate on allergy services. Allergy comes in many varied forms and guises. It can be mild or severe; it can affect one organ only or several parts of the body; its severity can vary over time; and there can be a single allergic cause, or several. By their nature, allergies are complex. We certainly need to carry out further research into how they...

Written Answers — Health: Allergies (19 Apr 2004)

Stephen Ladyman: We recognise that the numbers of people with allergies are increasing. It is not yet known why this is, but various factors are thought to be involved including a rise in dust mites due to a greater use of carpets, air pollution, and people being introduced to more allergens such as new plant species. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) published its report, "Allergy—the unmet need: a...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Allergy Services (5 Jun 2006)

Paul Goggins: ...may be simple or complex, acute or chronic. The range of services available to diagnose and treat these conditions therefore is equally varied. The main elements are summarised in the table. Allergy Service EHSSB Royal Group of Hospitals Two consultant immunologists provide two out-patient allergy clinics at the Royal—one in the Royal Belfast hospital for Sick Children...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (28 Feb 2018)

Steve Brine: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is managed within local allergy clinics commissioned by clinical commissioning groups. A list of allergy clinics can be obtained from the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology at: http://www.bsaci.org/professionals/allergy-specialists The Royal College of Physician’s Improving Quality in Allergy Services scheme at: ...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (5 Mar 2018)

Steve Brine: Care for patients with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) in an outpatient setting will typically be within local allergy clinics, available in most hospitals. These services are commissioned locally by clinical commissioning groups. There are no current plans to designate or commission the care of patients with MCAS as a prescribed national specialised clinic or service. A list of local...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Allergies (24 Mar 2016)

Jane Ellison: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline, ‘Food allergy in children and young people’, published in 2011, sets out best practice on the care treatment and support for children and young people with food allergy. NICE clinical guidelines are designed to support health care professionals in their work, and commissioners should consider them when...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 69 - National lead for policy related to allergies (2 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. New clause 69 is very important indeed. It requires the Secretary of State to direct NHS England to appoint a tsar to lead on policy related to allergies. In 2016, 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse tragically lost her life after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret A Manger baguette. Since then, her parents have campaigned tirelessly...

Written Answers — Health: Allergies (8 Sep 2003)

Stephen Ladyman: The Royal College of Physicians published their report 'Allergy the unmet need, A Blueprint for better patient care' on 25 June 2003. Their report refers to the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) and British Allergy Foundation (BAF) respectively, who compiled a list of national health service allergy clinics which were NHS consultant-led and based at NHS hospitals in...


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