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, 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 e.g. injectable medication. 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, or idiopathic anaphylaxis. Children with troublesome eczema and asthma may also benefit from an allergy opinion.
I have been a consultant in paediatric allergy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital since 2003, having obtained my MD Thesis in Allergy in the same year. I now run the paediatric allergy service at Addenbrooke's and this work is complemented by a broad UK Government-funded research portfolio. A recent exciting area of research is development of an interventional treatment for peanut allergy (read more here: http://www.eme.ac.uk/news_and_events/030309%20news%20item.asp). I am currently completing a £1M trial with 100 children to determine whether this treatment will be safe and effective for future clinical use.
This trial will be published in 2013.
Another current project is leading a £1.2M study in Cambridge and Imperial College to define the reactive threshold for peanut in the population. The intention is to find out how much peanut is ‘safe’ in food, so that labelling can be improved (find out more here: http://www.tracestudy.com/).
In 2010 my name appeared on 'The Times' magazine list of Top UK Doctors, and again in 2012 I was recognized as one of the UK’s 100 best Children’s Specialist Doctors. 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 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.
Families may find my recent 'Q and A' session at 'Mumsnet' of use as it addresses many commonly raised issues click here to read more on the Q&A session. (http://www.mumsnet.com/qanda/dr-andrew-clark).