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Allergies are where your body has a certain reaction to a specific thing. The reaction might be a rash, hay fever or not being able to breathe. 

This page has information about our clinic at Broadgreen Hospital. It gives information about the clinic, the services we provide and how to contact us.

Who we are

We provide specialist care to patients with a wide variety of immediate type allergic reactions.

What we do

Outpatient Clinics

Outpatients Clinic, based on the ground floor of the Alexandra Wing to the rear of Dermatology outpatient clinic.

Clinics are held daily from 9.00 am. to approximately 5.00 pm.

We see patients with rhinitis, food allergies, drug reactions, latex allergies, anaesthetic reactions (general and local), anaphylaxis, systemic reactions to bee/wasp stings and urticaria and angioedema.

We also offer skin prick testing, food and drug challenges and an allergen immunotherapy clinic.

Being referred to us

Patients are normally referred via a hospital specialist or General Practitioner.

What happens when you see us

New Patients

Please do not take any antihistamine tablet for 48 hours before you come (if you are having severe rashes or swelling carry on with your antihistamine).

If you have reacted to any unusual substance you can bring this along with you to be tested.

Please contact the nurses if have any further queries – 0151 282 6332

Appointments

When you attend for your appointment please walk through the double doors on the ground floor of the Alexandra Wing, Broadgreen Hospital and the Dermatology/Allergy department can be found on the right-hand side.

Upon arrival please report to reception, which is signposted and located on your left-hand side, where a clerk will book you in. You will then be asked to wait in the Allergy waiting area which is located to the rear of the Dermatology department.

Routine appointments take approximately one hour but some are much longer. Challenge test appointments typically last all morning but in some cases may last all day.

During your appointment you will be given a white outcome form to hand into reception on your departure. Please ensure you hand the white form into the clerks to enable them to make a follow up appointment (if needed) or if no treatment is required, you will be discharged back to the care of your GP.

Information for allergen immunotherapy patients

Clinics are drop in – you do not need to make an appointment. It is up to you to organise your own visits around your own commitments and our opening times. You do not have to come on the same day each week and please bear in mind that if we are only open one day a week it will be very busy. If you are up to monthly injections plan to avoid these days, if you are still coming weekly you may be here longer than normal.

  • Please remember to take an antihistamine tablet before you come
  • You must wait for one hour after your injection for observation
  • Do not do strenuous activities on the day of your injection

Immunotherapy opening times

  • Monday - 09:30 - 12:00
  • Tuesday - Closed
  • Wednesday - Closed
  • Thursday - 09:30 - 12:00
  • Friday: Closed
  • The Immunotherapy Clinic will be closed on Monday 11th December for injections.  Please not we will also be closed on Christmas day 25th December 2017  and New Years day  1st January 2018.

  • We are closed on all Bank Holidays.

How allergies are diagnosed

Type 1 Allergy Testing

Type I allergy testing is done by a skin prick test. A small drop of allergen is placed on the forearm. A lancet is then used to prick very lightly through the drop. After 15 minutes if a small itchy lump appears the test is positive.

Challenges

A challenge involves giving patients, in controlled measures, a substance that could be food, drink or a medicine to see how you react. We do challenges to various foods, drinks and drugs.

Allergy treatment

Immunotherapy

There are two kinds of immunotherapy currently given in this clinic:  sublingual and injection.

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) involves placing a drop or tablet under the tongue every day for three years. This treatment is commenced in the clinic and then carried out by the patient at home. A yearly review takes place to assess progress.

Injection immunotherapy (SCIT) requires a course of sub-cutaneous injections over a three year period commencing with weekly injections and progressing to injections every six weeks. The treatment is given in our drop in clinic Tuesday – Friday mornings.

Immunotherapy is given for patients with allergy to:

  • Grass pollen
  • Bee/wasp venom
  • Tree pollen
  • Cats/dogs

Patients with asthma cannot be given SCIT but can be given SLIT

More information

We do not see patients with food intolerance, or syndromes/symptoms that do not have any established relationship to allergy (eg. chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, weight loss, weight gain, migraine, etc.).

Generally, we do not see patients with eczema unless there is additional evidence of immediate type allergy.

The Dermatology Dept at the hospital also deals with allergies.

The team

Consultants

  • Dr Jim Darroch (Consultant Immunologist)

Specialist Nurses

  • Sister Sheena Hopkins (Allergy Specialist Nurse)
  • Sister Lesley Jennings (Allergy Specialist Nurse)
  • Sister Jillian Berry (Immunology Specialist Nurse)

Staff Nurses

  • Dominique Bramley
  • Karl Morris

All the above can be contacted via the Allergy Clinic 0151 282 6332.

Secretaries

  • Patricia Fife - Secretary to Dr Jim Darroch on 0151 706 4349
  • Suzanne Grimshaw - secretary to Dr Dixon and Dr Nakonechna - 0151 282 6960

How to contact us

Allergy Department
Broadgreen Hospital
Alexandra Wing
Ground Floor
Thomas Drive
Liverpool
L14 3LB
Telephone: 0151 282 6332

Where we are

We are based at Broadgreen Hospital within the Alexandra Wing.

Upon entering the Alexandra Wing please take your first right (sign posted Dermatology/Allergy Department) and when entering the department you will see the reception desk located on the left-hand side.

The Allergy clinic is located to the rear of the Dermatology Department.