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Allergy UK Launches one-day Event for Allergy Sufferers

We’re excited to be launching our first Annual Conference on Saturday 26th April 2014. The event, which will be held within St Thomas’ Hospital, London is focussed on improving the experience of allergy sufferers who are going through the different stages of their allergic journey.

World renowned allergy expert, Professor Peter Howarth, will talk about all the recent and current  research projects that will help manage allergies that can appear from birth through ‘The Allergic March’ and at any time later in life.  The day will include the practical tools and techniques that really make a difference to those who regularly seek our help. We will address those all-to-common problems such as how to gain an initial diagnosis through the challenges the NHS can present and how to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.

We’re delighted that Dr Helen Brough, a Consultant Paediatric Allergist and Dr Jo Walsh, a GP and Allergy Trainer will be joining Professor Peter Howarth for interactive workshops in the afternoon. Delegates will be able to attend two out of the three sessions, which have been tailored to different ages to suit different stages of the allergy journey - children, teenagers and adults. Those attending will also be able to attend live demonstrations on the optimal use of medication and visit our other allergy experts for drop-in sessions to receive one-to-one support if they only wanted to attend one afternoon session.

Allergy UK’s Director of Clinical Services, Maureen Jenkins who will be speaking at the event said: "Frontline events like this are key for the charity. By meeting people we speak to on our helpline face-to-face it provides the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the issues allergy sufferers in the UK are facing and enables them to interact with each other. We want delegates to get the most out of the day which is why we’ve made sure there’s always something going on to benefit everyone that attends. We’re so pleased to launch our first Annual Conference and hope to build on its success in future events."

Highlights of the day include:

  • Meet and network with other allergy sufferers
  • Chance to put your questions to our panel of healthcare professionals
  • Workshops specialised in child, teenage and adult allergy
  • Live demonstrations and drop-in sessions

Book or find out more including a full conference schedule. You can also book your place by calling 01322 619898 or email: info@allergyuk.org. Please contact us if you would like us to post a booking form to complete.

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Press enquiries:

Alison Parham (Senior Communications Officer) or Sophie Williams (PR Assistant), Allergy UK

T: 01322 611 655, E: press@allergyuk.org

Notes to editors:

Allergy UK is the operational name of the British Allergy Foundation; the leading national medical charity providing advice, information and support to people with allergies and food intolerance. Allergy UK acts as the 'voice' of allergy sufferers, representing the views and needs of those affected by this multi organ disease. Allergy UK is a certified member of The Information Standard, which is an independent certification scheme for health and social care information supported by the Department of Health. For further information and to see a list of all certified members to the scheme, please visit: http://www.theinformationstandard.org

Allergy UK makes a difference by:

  • Promoting wellbeing for people with allergy and food intolerance by providing information and support through our dedicated helpline
  • Empowering people with allergy and food intolerance  to manage their symptoms
  • Enabling people with allergy and food intolerance to receive appropriate diagnosis and treatment through education of healthcare professionals and the provision of dedicated services
  • Educating corporate bodies in the need for products suitable for allergy and food intolerance sufferers
  • Conducting ongoing medical and social research into the causes and impact of allergy and food intolerance, and producing reports enabling us to lobby for better allergy services for sufferers.