When and where are the clinics held?

All the clinics are held at the Allergy Centre (F10), Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Patients are initially seen in the General Allergy Clinic and referred to other specialist clinics if and when appropriate.

General Allergy Clinic    

Held most days of the week and run by doctors specialised in allergy or with an interest in allergy (Dr Susana Marinho, Dr Marina Tsoumani, Professor Angela Simpson, Dr Vincent St Aubyn Crump) and specialist allergy nurses (Ms Fiona Chew, Ms Jenny Addison).

Allergy and Asthma clinic

Run by Professor Angela Simpson and Dr Hannah Durrington.

Joint Paediatric Allergy Clinic

Held every 4th Monday afternoon of the month with Dr Naveen Rao (Consultant Paediatrician) and Dr Susana Marinho (Consultant Allergist).

Dr Naveen Rao runs weekly paediatric allergy clinics along with a paediatric dietician. This clinic is ideal for infants and children with food allergies.

Nut Allergy Clinic

Held once per month and run by Dr Marina Tsoumani; this is a dedicated clinic for individuals with peanut and tree nut allergies.

Severe Urticaria Service

Held at least once monthly and run by Dr Susana Marinho for assessment and treatment of patients with severe chronic urticaria and angioedema. Treatment with omalizumab is also provided to eligible patients.

Allergen Immunotherapy Service        

Patients are given allergen immunotherapy (desensitisation) to allergens such as bee/wasp venom, tree, grass or weed pollens, dust mites, cat, dog, horse, etc.

Drug Allergy Investigation Service

Patients are investigated and skin tested to drugs or bee/wasp venoms. Investigation of perioperative anaphylaxis is offered in this service. Held on most afternoons of the week (Dr S Marinho, Dr M Tsoumani and Dr Vincent St Aubyn Crump).

Day Cases – Challenges   

Provocation challenges with foods or drugs are carried out to investigate allergies and/or find suitable alternatives. Desensitisation to drugs is also carried out. Held daily and run by Dr Susana Marinho, Dr Marina Tsoumani and Dr Vincent St Aubyn Crump.

Perioperative Anaphylaxis Service

We investigate cases of suspected perioperative anaphylaxis with blood and skin tests, as well as drug challenges wherever appropriate. We run a regular perioperative anaphylaxis MDT with Dr Steven Knight (Consultant Anaesthetist) to discuss all cases, agree on diagnoses and culprits and formulate a detailed plan including drugs/substances to avoid and suggested drugs for future procedures.

Dietetic Service

Held once per week and run by a dietitian with a special interest in allergy, Ms Claire Wright. This service provides advice to patients with food allergies. This service provides patients with better understanding of their food allergies, a detailed plan for food avoidance diets (with useful hints and tips on how to manage this) and suitable alternative options for maintaining a nutritionally balanced diet despite food exclusions.

Psychology Service

Held twice per week and run by a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in allergy, Dr Azza Aglan.  Living with allergies can be a very distressing experience and can significantly impact on patients’ quality of life.  Because allergies are often complex problems, which can affect people in many different ways, a thorough assessment is very important to support them to identify ways of coping to manage their life living with allergies.  This service provides psychological support and advice to patients suffering with allergies; the aim of any psychological intervention is not to treat the allergy symptoms themselves but to help patients explore and discover what things in life are important and meaningful to them and what factors past and present are standing in the way of them being able to achieve their goals.   Learning new ways of coping will help them to gradually regain control of their life despite the impact of allergy. This service makes an invaluable contribution to the holistic approach to patients that the Allergy Centre is strives to offer.

Greater Manchester Rapid Access Anaphylaxis Clinic    

We also run the Greater Manchester Rapid Access Anaphylaxis Clinic. Patients presenting, a potentially life-threatening severe allergic reaction, need appropriate post-anaphylaxis care (in accordance with guidance from NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

This clinic is for patients presenting to Emergency Departments of other Greater Manchester hospitals with suspected anaphylaxis only, an appointment within seven days of referral for post-anaphylaxis care. We provide this in collaboration with the Immunology and Allergy service at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

What should you expect from the GMRAAC appointment?

  • A focussed assessment of what happened during the recent reaction
  • A review of the documentation from the recent reaction
  • An additional blood sample may be required – but this will not be for an allergy test
  • Advice on how to manage any future allergy including what to do, when to call for help and how to use anti-allergy medications
  • Discussion and advice on avoidance, if a clear trigger is identified
  • To plan allergy investigations, if required (allergy investigations cannot be carried out this close to a reaction and are usually carried out no sooner than 4 to 6 weeks after)

What not to expect from the GMRAAC appointment?

  • Allergy tests will not be carried out at this initial assessment as they are not reliable this close to an allergic reaction
  • An extensive review of all possible or past allergies or any other unrelated health problems

Referral from Emergency Departments to GMRAAC