Dr Andrew Clark: Paediatrics
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Dr Andrew Clark

Paediatrics

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  • Paediatric immunology, infectious diseases & allergy

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I offer out-patient consultations and allergy testing for all children from infants to teenagers. Many referred patients will have a history of suspected food allergy, e.g. cow’s milk, egg, wheat or peanut/nut allergy. I offer a diagnostic service, utilising skin prick and blood tests where required, identifying the allergens to avoid and often ruling out others, together with development of an individualised management plan for each child. Families receive detailed advice on allergen avoidance. I also recommend emergency medication, together with an emergency treatment plan and practical training for the family on how to use it e.g. adrenaline autoinjectors. Referrals are also welcome for children who have had allergy for some time and may have grown out of it, as is often the case for egg and milk allergy, and occasionally peanut/nut allergy.

I would also be pleased to receive referrals of children with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (hayfever), drug allergy, idiopathic urticaria and angioedema (spontaneous hives and swelling), or idiopathic anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions where the cause is unknown).

Children with troublesome eczema and asthma can also benefit from an allergy opinion, often to rule out the role of allergy in these conditions, or to identity a culprit.

I have an active role in our national parent allergy organisation (BSACI) as Chair of the Standards of Care Committee (Read more here: http://www.bsaci.org/about/standards-of-care). I recently led writing guideline documents for managing egg allergy. In 2012 I was appointed Chair of this committee and I now coordinate the writing of national guidelines on multiple topics, such as peanut, milk and penicillin allergy, and adrenaline auto-injector use. I am also Secretary to the Taskforce on the Allergic Child in School, which produced European Guidelines for school allergy.

I am expert scientific panel advisor to the national patient support group, the Anaphylaxis Campaign (see more here: http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/about-us/clinical-and-scientific-panel#c) and was expert advisor to the UK Government Committee on Toxicity when they rewrote the advice regarding peanut ingestion in pregnancy and early life.

I lecture frequently to undergraduates, primary and secondary care doctors and nurses and am a regular invited speaker at national and European allergy conferences. 



Areas of interest

Allergies; Paediatric allergy; Food allergy and intolerance; Comprehensive allergy testing including skin prick tests and blood tests; Investigating the role of allergy in asthma, eczema and food allergy; Anaphylaxis; Emergency allergy treatment plans; Immunotherapy; Allergic rhinitis or hayfever; Milk intolerance in infants and older children

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