Consultant Profile

Dr Donald Hodge

Practicing at:
Spire Leeds Hospital
  • Allergy
    • Allergy
  • Paediatric medicine
    • Allergy
Special clinical interests:

Skin prick allergy testing
Food allergy / intolerance (common foods – dairy, egg, fish, soya, wheat, peanut, treenut, sesame)
Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (hay fever)

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant in Paediatric Allergy / General Paediatrics, Leeds Children’s Hospital

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

RCPCH – Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
BSACI – Member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
MDU - Member of the Medical Defence Union

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0113 218 5908/9
Private secretary:
Kate Barker
Private secretary telephone number:
0113 3922840
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Hodge’s NHS work is entirely in the field of paediatric allergy. He is the lead for paediatric allergy in Leeds and runs a very busy NHS practise which provides all the paediatric allergy secondary care for Leeds and additionally provides a tertiary service for Yorkshire.

At present Dr Hodge personally sees in excess of 2000 patients with allergic disease per year, the majority of which are for food allergy (common foods including dairy, egg, fish, wheat, soya, peanut, treenuts and sesame), allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (hayfever – grass pollen, tree pollen, house dust mite) and idiopathic urticaria.

As many of his patients are atopic, Dr Hodge also has significant experience in the management of eczema and asthma and many would benefit from an allergy opinion.

A typical food allergy consultation would involve:

  • Allergy focussed history to explore food(s) of concern and a global review of the rest of the diet with respect to other potential allergenic foods.
  • Review of other atopic comorbidity (asthma, eczema, hay fever).
  • Allergy testing – most commonly this will be done in clinic using skin prick testing. On occasion, allergy blood tests will be required.
  • Once allergies have been diagnosed, appropriate dietary advice is given. Dr Hodge has access to a specialist paediatric allergy dietician.
  • Allergy management plan – a detailed document outlining the emergency medical management in the event of future accidental allergic reactions. All plans are shared with parents /general practitioners / nurseries / schools.
  • Training in adrenaline autoinjectors (if prescribed)

 A typical allergic rhinoconjunctivitis consultation would involve:

  • Allergy focused history to explore potential aeroallergens.
  • Review of other atopic comorbidity (asthma, eczema, food allergy).
  • Allergy testing – most commonly this will be done in clinic using skin prick testing. On occasion, allergy blood tests will be required.
  • Optimisation of medical treatment.
  • Training in nasal spray technique (if prescribed)

Immunotherapy – sublingual desensitisation for grass/tree pollen allergy – Dr Hodge is able to offer this treatment if required.

Personal profile:

As the parent of an child with food allergies, Dr Hodge is in a position not only to offer expert clinical advice about food allergies, but can appreciate from first-hand experience the difficulties, challenges, anxieties and social/practical issues relating to the care of a child with allergies. As such, he offers a very holistic approach to allergies.

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Dr Donald Hodge

Dr Donald Hodge Allergy & Paediatric medicine Consultant, Leeds, West Yorkshire, private hospital specialist.

Skin prick test

Dr Donald Hodge offers skin prick testing for children experiencing allergic reactions.

Call 0113 218 5967 or email for further information. 

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