Consultant Profile

Professor Richard Powell

Professor Richard Powell MBBS, DM, FRCPath, FRCP
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital and Spire Leicester Hospital, Spire Little Aston Hospital
  • Allergy
    • Allergy
Special clinical interests:

Clinical immunology, Urticaria and angioedema (hives and swellings), food reactions including food allergy/Intolerances, anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions), Rhinitis (hayfever etc), insect sting allergy, drug reactions/allergy, recurrent infections, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia syndrome.

Research interests:

Urticaria and Angiodema, Allergic rhinitis and food reactions

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Nottingham University

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Member and Treasurer of British Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (BSACI)
Member of BSACI Standards of Care Committee
International Fellow of American of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology
Fellow of the European Academy of Asthma and Clinical Immunology

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585 112
Private secretary telephone number:
07766 911 026
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Professor Richard Powell is a nationally recognised authority on the management of allergic diseases. He is a member of national committees advising on standards of allergy care and related drug treatments across the UK. He recognises that the quality of life of allergy sufferers can be improved dramatically by a correct diagnosis and specialist advice. The impact of an allergy on the sufferer and their family must not be underestimated.

Professor Powell emphasizes that a detailed and thorough history is central to making a correct allergy diagnosis, establishing the relationship between symptoms and allergen exposure, progression of a reaction and response to treatment. Most patients will require skin prick testing to confirm the responsible allergen. 

Professor Powell has over one hundred peer reviewed original publications. In 2007 he was lead author of the BSACI Guideline for the management of Chronic Urticaria and Angioedema.  He is currently writing an updated version for publication in 2014. He is spoke at the BSACI Annual meeting July 2013  “Invigorating Your Practice - Urticaria and Angioedema” and at the Biomedical Science Congress in September 2013 - "Allergy tests and only be interpreted with a good clinical history".

Professor Powell sees both children and adults.

Personal profile:

Professor Powell is married with two daughters and recently two granddaughters. His interests are gardening, cycling, skiing and walking.

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Professor Richard Powell

Professor Richard Powell Allergy Consultant, Harpenden, Herts, private hospital specialist.

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