Usher Institute

Allergy UK nurse-led allergy clinic

A new study to evaluate the efficacy of having a nurse-led allergy clinic in primary care.

Summary

The nurse led allergy clinic is a research project supported by the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian, with funding from Allergy UK, to evaluate the efficacy of having a nurse led allergy clinic in primary care, with the project overseen by Professors Aziz Sheikh and Jürgen Schwarze.

Pilot clinics

The pilot clinics are based within the South East and South West locality of Edinburgh and have been set up to try to alleviate the burden on secondary care services, with a view to requesting funding from the Scottish Government to allow a national roll out of the clinic model if the project can demonstrate success.

Who can attend?

Led by specialist allergy and dermatology nurses, Margaret Kelman and Susie Harley, the clinic accepts referrals for both children and adults based on the referral criteria below.

What will happen?

The clinic will include skin prick testing as a diagnostic aid where appropriate and provide support and advice for patients with a range of allergic conditions and atopic eczema.

The clinic has been set up as a research project and written consent will be requested at the initial consultation.

When and where are the clinics held?

The clinics are held on a

  • Monday morning - McKenzie Medical Centre, West Richmond Street
  • Tuesday morning  - University Health Centre, Bristo Square 
  • Wednesday morning  - Ratho Medical Centre (previously St Leonards Medical Centre)

How to refer into the nurse-led allergy clinic

We are happy to take referrals from GPs, nurses and health visitors within the South East and South West locality who manage patients with allergies or suspected allergies for both children and adults.

 

Please email all referrals using the clinic referral form below to lothian.allergyclinic@nhs.net

Referrals into the clinic will be accepted on the clinic proforma for the following categories:

  • infants under two with a suspected food allergy including cow's milk  allergy 
  • infants under two with moderate to severe eczema not responding to treatment 
  • children 16 years and under, with allergic rhinitis not responding to standard treatment or having a notable impact on their daily life
  • young people and adults over 16 with anaphylaxis or suspected anaphylaxis including previously diagnosed anaphylaxis and severe allergies who require advice and support

When completing the referral form it would be helpful if you could  capture a contact phone number or email address to assist with ease of contacting ​ the patient to help with organising a suitable time to attend the clinic. 

Download a PDF to print and complete by hand:

Download a MS Word document to complete electronically:

Key people

Name Role
Professor Aziz Sheikh Chief Investigator
Professor Jürgen Schwarze Lead clinician
Margaret Kelman Allergy UK Research & Development Nurse
Susie Harley Allergy UK Research & Development Nurse

Contact

Laura Gonzalez Rienda

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research Administrator/ Allergy UK

Usher Institute

The University of Edinburgh

Room 216B, Doorway 3

Old Medical School

Teviot Place

Edinburgh EH8 9AG

Email: l.gonzalez@ed.ac.uk

Phone: 0131 6502682

 

Partners and Funders

NHS Lothian

Allergy UK

Timeline

June 2017 - Jan 2020