Allergy Today 2013

Allergy News – Raising Awareness of Cows’ Milk Protein Allergy – Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease – Living with Food Allergy: What it Means to a Child and their Family

Welcome to the second edition of Allergy Today. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the many developments that have taken place over the past year, since our last edition. From an NHS perspective, the changes in the way that allergy services are being commissioned have been enormous. This brings both challenges and opportunities. The inclusion of Allergy as a specialist service in its own right is a definite sign of progress. The scope of what a specialist allergy service actually is, and which complex and severe cases it will manage, is currently being refined but the fact that such services will receive centralised funding is truly good news. This will hopefully ensure that, in future, any patient with the severest forms of allergic disease will be assured that they will receive specialist care at a specialist centre and not lose out if they happen to live in the wrong place. However, for most people with allergies, there remains the challenge of ensuring the provision of high quality locally commissioned services.

It is also good to hear that the Allergy UK bursary scheme has successfully provided support for healthcare providers from various backgrounds and that this commitment to education remains on-going. Furthermore, alongside the success of the Nurses Appeal, Allergy UK has also been able to take the important step of more actively supporting research projects that
have the potential to directly impact on patient care. The future is definitely looking brighter.

I hope you enjoy reading this edition of Allergy Today.