Innovative Schemes for Allergic Children Supported by Action Against Allergy – Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

The Children’s Allergy Service at Evelina London sees some 5,000 children and their families each year, many of whom suffer with stress, anxiety and feelings of social isolation due to their allergic conditions. The psychological impact of allergic disease on a child and family’s quality of life is frequently overlooked, and the Children’s Allergy Service is delighted to be able to provide a psychology service to support families deal with the psychological effects of allergic disease.

The Trust has appointed Dr Polly James as the Clinical Psychologist in Children’s Allergy, who will build on her last two years’ experience at Evelina London. Initially the service will operate two days a week, identifying how children and their families may be supported psychologically to manage life with a potentially long-term condition. It is believed to be the first service of its kind in the UK and it is hoped will be replicated elsewhere.

Roisin Fitzsimons, nurse consultant and joint clinical lead in the Evelina London allergy team, commented:

“We’re very excited to offer a specialist psychology service as part of our Children’s Allergy Service. I know this will make a very real difference to the lives of our patients and their families. We’re hugely grateful to the support of Action Against Allergy for making this innovative project possible.”

The support being given by Action Against Allergy to this project uses part of a legacy from the late Mr Roland Hill, husband of AAA’s founder Amelia Nathan Hill, who began the charity in 1978.