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Service Description

Welcome to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Allergy Unit. Allergy is the most common childhood ailment in Manchester and the North West region. As many as 40% of children have some form of atopy (the umbrella term for disease caused by inappropriate immune hypersensitivity, it includes eczema, asthma, hay fever , as well as food, drug and venom allergy). The allergy service offers a comprehensive service from diagnosis to treatment for children.

The allergy services provided in RMCH include:

  • Diagnosis of suspected immediate allergy , including anaphlyaxis, as well as delayed reactions, eosinophilic enteropathies and food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES)
  • Comprehensive allergy management planning including developm ent of allergy management plans, auto-injector training and school liaison
  • Diagnostic food and drug challenges
  • Management of allergy with eczema, rhinitis and asthma, involving multi-disciplinary teams and joint/parallel clinics with other subspecialists (ENT, ophthalmology, anaesthetics, dermatology)
  • Immunotherapy with subcutaneous, sublingual and oral desensitisation strategies
  • Serotherapy for allergy driven asthma and rhinitis

Our team of paediatric specialists and nurses currently help to look after over 600 children with allergy. The Allergy service at RMCH is possibly the fastest growing in the country. The department includes Consultant Paediatricians with specific interest in Allergy and Consultant Paediatricians with specialist accreditation in Paediatric Immunology, Infectious diseases and Allergy. Glossary of terms


Department of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Oxford Road
M13 9WP

Contact Details

Telephone: 0161 701 0678
Fax: 0161 701 5421

E-mail: marjorie.whitehead@cmft.nhs.uk



Dr Peter Arkwright
Professor Tim David
Dr Carol Ewing
Dr Stephen Hughes
Dr Vibna Sharma

Specialist Practitioners

Sister Sarah Allatt
Sister Judy Stafford
Sister Samantha Farrer

Dietetic Staff

Rachel Wood

Administrative Staff

Mrs Marjorie Whitehead

Additional Information

Allergy Management
The first principle of allergy treatment is allergen avoidance. If allergy occurs, rescue medicine are needed. Other treatments are chosen depending on the condition. Click here for more information.

Vaccine Allergy
Vaccine allergy is a common concern, but very rare. In the North West, high risk vaccinations have been given by local immunization services and despite many years of experience, serious allergic reactions to vaccines have rarely been recorded. Click here to read more about vaccines and egg allergy.

The North West Paediatric Allergy Network
The department is one of two tertiary allergy centres in the North West, working closely with district general hospitals in the region as well as with primary care colleagues and parent support groups. Together with specialist colleagues at Alder-Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool and other paediatric units in the North West, a vision for the delivery of allergy services has been agreed and the implementation of this vision is underway. Click here for more details.

The Department has an active research profile, with Dr Peter Arkwright jointly employed by the University of Manchester and Professor Nikos Papadopoulos having joined the team in 2014. The Unit collaborates with other research groups locally and nationally. Click here for recent peer-reviewed publications.

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