Allergy Center of Excellence

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About Us

The Allergy Centre of Excellence aims to provide patient centred and responsive care, backed up by the highest safety standards which is supported by the most experienced clinicians. It was founded by three professors (Professors Fox, Lack and Du Toit) who are internationally recognised as leaders in the field of paediatric allergy. They are renowned both for their research achievements and clinical excellence.

  • Professor Adam Fox

    Professor Adam Fox

    Founding Director and
    Professor of Paediatric Allergy

  • Professor George Du Toit

    Professor George Du Toit

    Founding Director and
    Professor of Paediatric Allergy

  • Professor Gideon Lack

    Professor Gideon Lack

    Founding Director and
    Professor of Paediatric Allergy

Testimonials

Here’s what our patients have to say…

Parents of Caspar

Age: 8

Sussex

We were very impressed with the consultants and nurses. Everyone took their time to put us at ease and patiently answered all the many questions. We were particularly impressed how everyone engaged with our 7-year old son, making sure he was comfortable and had all his questions answered.

The care, competence and friendliness of the nursing team was exceptional. Thank you to the entire team for making us, and especially our son, at ease at every visit and answering our many questions with such competence and patience.

Parents of Anon

Age: 10

London

James and Catherine have provided a consistently excellent level of care to our daughter, particularly at the very early stages of the treatment where we thought she may not be able to continue treatment due to side effects.

Parents of Ernie

Age: 7

Nottingham

Excellent. All of the team were very efficient and we found the chart with the dates and dosage for the updosing appointments particularly helpful.

The team were easy to reach, including direct contact with the consultants, even at the weekend and over holiday periods.

The overall experience was excellent.

Parents of Jennifer

Age: 10

Essex

The Medical Team were kind, caring and our daughter was very well cared for. Coincidentally, I thought we were also well cared for. The attention to detail was second to none. We have been so happy with the whole procedure – nothing was too much trouble. We feel very lucky. If only the NHS could roll it out on a bigger scale to help so many more people too!

Life changing, Jenny can now eat (cautiously) wherever she chooses without fear. Thank you doesn’t come close!

Parents of Jake

Age: 11

Warwickshire

Got our appointment much quicker than expected. All communication has been very good, questions are answered very quickly, helping us address our concerns.

The overall experience has been excellent, with all the staff being very welcoming, informative and supportive. It felt like a big step we were taking at first but the team in the hospital put us at ease so much, were so kind and patient, willing to listen and answer questions and just so friendly. The team made such a big difference and the whole experience much less worrying. We are so pleased we made the decision to go ahead.

Parents of Jacob

Age: 12

Coventry

For something that was such a daunting experience for Jacob it has turned out be completely the opposite and the treatment really has changed Jacob’s life. He and us as parents, no longer have a fear of him coming into contact with nuts. As parents we now even enjoy eating peanut butter on toast! We have never eaten or had any form of nuts around the home since Jacob was 6months old We are truly thankful to the whole team at Great Ormond Street hospital for enabling Jacob and his family around him a better quality of life.

Parents of Isaac

Age: 9

Isle of Wight

Each member of the team that we dealt with, whether medical or support staff, were excellent.

The support has been excellent throughout.

We had a clear plan from early in the process and managed to follow through with only a couple of amendments (which we made).

We have been impressed and very grateful for the speed at which our queries have been responded to.

Parents of Finlay

Age: 15

West Sussex

We are very grateful to both the Medical Team, Nursing Team and the admin Team who provided outstanding care to Finlay, and our family, while navigating treatment for his peanut allergy. Finlay’s world will open to new found freedoms, increased confidence and independence, just in time as he enters teenage years. His allergy is no longer dictating decisions on life experiences, it is now a quiet side act. It makes us so happy to say ‘yes’ to Finlay’s plans rather than ‘no.’ We feel providing Finlay with some protection to his reaction to peanuts is the best gift we can give him. We will happily recommend both the Team and the treatment to parents of a peanut allergy sufferer.

Parents of Yugo

Age: 15

London

The team were always friendly to Yugo, so he actually looked forward to coming to the appointments. They were knowledgeable about the treatment or peanut allergy and always answered my questions. We felt very safe.

We were so worried before starting the programme but we really liked each visit and the nursing team (James, Catherine and Rita) made us feel relaxed. We are so glad we made the decision to do this. Yugo is now able to eat so many things which he couldn’t eat before.

Our Desensitisation Programmes

(Oral Immunotherapy)

Allergy Centre of Excellence

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Transparent Pricing

For singular allergen OIT, prices vary from £6,000-£9,400 per programme, depending on the allergen.  If your child is suitable for multi-OIT programmes (two allergens), pricing starts from £9,600. The packages include the following:

  • Amount of visits required to complete each allergen programme
  • Prescription costs for capsules where applicable
  • Access to our out of hours phone line for support / advice
  • Cost of facilities at one of our clinic venues, inclusive of additional treatment that may be required in the process e.g., management of allergic reactions
  • Costs of delivering the treatment such as consultant and specialist nursing time, administration and other staff and operating costs.
  • Payment plans available to help you spread the cost of payment – £300.00 administrative fee is applied to overall cost of programme

Palforzia treatment is priced from £18,000 and the package includes:

  • Up-dosing visits to allow for completion of Palforzia Programme
  • Prescription costs for capsules
  • Access to our out of hours phone line for support / advice
  • Cost of facilities at one of our clinic venues, inclusive of additional treatment that may be required in the process e.g. management of allergic reactions
  • The costs of delivering the treatment by the Food Allergy Immunotherapy Centre such as consultant and specialist nursing time, administration and other staff and operating costs.
  • Payment plans available to help you spread the cost of payment – £300.00 administrative fee is applied to overall cost of programme
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Why Choose Us

The Allergy Centre of Excellence aims to provide patient centred and responsive care, backed up by the highest safety standards and supported by the most experienced clinicians.

  • We deliver an outstanding quality of care which is delivered by our renowned clinicians who are leaders in the field of allergy
  • We offer clinically proven desensitisation programmes
  • Personalised care pathways to suit your needs
  • Dedicated clinician support
  • We have centres of excellence where safety is paramount
  • Reliable, responsive and professional service from our administrative and clinical team
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Our Process

Referral

Please advise your Allergist that you would like to move forward with food desensitisation and they will complete and send the necessary referral form and most recent medical report to our Admin Team.

Assessment

When one of our Paediatric Allergists has determined your child is suitable for oral immunotherapy, they will complete and send a referral form to our Admin Team. A ‘virtual’ assessment appointment will then be arranged with a member of the Clinical Team who will be looking after your child on the programme. They will discuss the process and ensure that you fully understand what is involved. The assessment will cover the detailed history provided by your allergist, focussing on the particular allergen selected for desensitisation. This is your opportunity to have answered any additional questions you may have.

Consent

If it is felt your child is suitable for the treatment, you will be provided with written information and given plenty of opportunity to ask any questions. When you feel ready, you will be asked to sign a consent form to indicate that you have fully understood the risks involved. Older children will be asked to sign an assent form confirming they are motivated and willing to undergo therapy. If you do not already have them, you will be prescribed adrenaline autoinjectors e.g. Epipen and trained in their use, so that you are well prepared to deal with a more severe allergic reaction.

Initial Dose

Single OIT

Multi-OIT

PALFORZIA

Up-Dosing

Single OIT

Multi-OIT

PALFORZIA

Maintenance

Single OIT

Multi-OIT

PALFORZIA

Follow-Up

Single OIT

Multi-OIT

PALFORZIA

Referral

A referral from one of our Professors to the service is required in the first instance.

Your child’s current allergy status will need to be confirmed, please note that up to date skin prick tests, blood tests or spirometry may be required to ensure suitability, any child whose asthma or eczema is not extremely well controlled, would not be suitable for starting treatment.

If your child has not been seen before, our Admin Team will direct you appropriately to the Professor’s private clinics on receipt of your suitability form.

Assessment

When one of our Paediatric Allergists has determined your child is suitable for oral immunotherapy, they will complete and send a referral form to our Admin Team. A ‘virtual’ assessment appointment will then be arranged with a member of the Clinical Team who will be looking after your child on the programme. They will discuss the process and ensure that you fully understand what is involved. The assessment will cover the detailed history provided by your allergist, focussing on the particular allergen selected for desensitisation. This is your opportunity to have answered any additional questions you may have.

Consent

If it is felt your child is suitable for the treatment, you will be provided with written information and given plenty of opportunity to ask any questions. When you feel ready, you will be asked to sign a consent form to indicate that you have fully understood the risks involved. Older children will be asked to sign an assent form confirming they are motivated and willing to undergo therapy. If you do not already have them, you will be prescribed adrenaline autoinjectors e.g. Epipen and trained in their use, so that you are well prepared to deal with a more severe allergic reaction.

Initial Dose

Single OIT

Multi-OIT

PALFORZIA

Up-Dosing

Single OIT

Multi-OIT

PALFORZIA

Maintenance

Single OIT

Multi-OIT

PALFORZIA

Follow-Up

Single OIT

Multi-OIT

PALFORZIA

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Frequently Asked Questions

Allergies can be perplexing, but we’re here to bring clarity.

Will OIT cure my food allergy?

How often do I have to take OIT?

How do I take OIT?

What side effects should I expect?

Do I have to keep my Epinephrine Auto-Injector (EpiPen)?

Can I do more than one course of OIT at the same time?

Can I take extra doses of allergen to speed up the process?

Will OIT treat any of my other food allergies?

Who should not have OIT?

If I am over 17, can I still start PALFORZIA?

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, would like to learn more about our treatments, or would like to book an initial consultation to find out if your child is suitable, please get in touch. We would strongly urge you to check the Fees section of our website first.

Simply call us on:
020 3633 9851

Or send us an email to:
office@oit.clinic

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