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Children's Allergy Services


Meet the Team:


Dr Madhavi Velpula - Paediatric Consultant Speciality Allergy

Gaynor Shakesheff - Children's Allergy Nurse Specialist

Dawn Jolly - Children's Allergy Nurse


Our children's allergy clinic offers a full service for children with severe and multiple allergies.

We aim to give your child a complete allergy evaluation in one visit. Allergy test results will usually be available on the same day, and your doctor or allergy nurse specialist will discuss them with you.



We would receive a referral letter from either a GP or Consultant.

Your child might come to our clinic due to:

  • A food allergy or intolerance
  • Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
  • Asthma
  • Allergy-related skin disorders, such as eczema, dermatitis, urticaria (hives) and angio-oedema hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • Oral allergy syndrome
  • Bee and wasp sting allergy
  • Latex allergy
  • Drug allergy.

As well as allergy testing, we help children with allergies as they grow up and their immune system becomes mature. We support families through these changes until they are ready to move to the adult service.


Skin Prick Testing

Skin prick testing involves putting a drop of liquid onto your forearm that contains a substance you may be allergic to.

Please click here to be taken to our Skin Prick Testing information.



A challenge is a test to diagnose a food or drug allergy (Diagnostic food/drug challenge) or to see if your child has grown out of a previously known allergy (resolution food/drug challenge).

Please click here to be taken to our All About Challenges information.

Below are a few information guides we use, and this is the area we have encouraged you to read highlighted on your tick sheet. You would have recieved this in clinic or in a letter sent to your home address from the hospital.


Food Allergy:

Egg Allergy. 

Egg – Home Reintroduction.  (only use if requested by the hospital)

The Egg Ladder 2016.  (only use if requested by the hospital)

Fish and Shellfish Allergy.

Food Intolerance.

Milk Allergy.

The Milk Ladder.   (only use if requested by the hospital)


Milk Ladder Recipe and Savoury Options (only use if requested by the hospital):


Please Click Here to be taken to the recipes that go with the milk ladder, they are on Allergy UK.

They are Suitable to adapt to be egg free, wheat free, glutan free, etc. if necessary:

Sources of Calcium – Paediatrics.

Peanut Allergy.

Reactions to Wheat.

Sesame and Other Seeds.

Shopping and Cooking.

Soya Allergy.

Soya Ladder (only use if requested by the hospital)

Tree Nut Allergy.

Oral Allergy Syndrome

Food and Symptom Diary


House Allergy:

House Dust Mite.

Pet Allergy.

Mould Allergy Advice.

Using Your Nasal Spray.


Outdoor Allergy:

Allergic Rhinitis and Hay Fever.

Bee and Wasp Stings.


Adrenaline Auto Injector Training:

Looking after your Adrenaline Auto Injector.

Traveling with your Adrenaline Auto Injector.

Food Labelliing and May Contain Product.

Anaphylaxis and Severe Allergic Reactions.

Food Allergies and Travel.

Adrenaline Auto Injectors.

Travelling with the Allergic Infant.






Urticaria and Angioedema.

Childhood Eczema.


  • Please Click Here to be taken to Anaphylaxis Campaign Website.
  • Please Click Here to be taken to the Healthier Together Website.

  • Please Click Here to be taken to the AllergyUK Website. - This is the leading national charity providing support, advice and information for those living with an allergic disease. 


Emotions and Anxieties in Allergic Children:

Children with an allergy tend to find their condition very stressful and can become very anxious.

Please click here for the information guide.


Independence for Allergic Children:

It can be difficult to allow your child more freedom because of fears about whether they will be able to cope with their allergies.

Please click here for the information guide.








 Contacts Details: 

Generic Allergy Phone Number- 0300 019 3111 

Generic Allergy Email Address – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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