If you’re looking for resources to help you understand more about allergies and to get the best out of GP appointments, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got videos from parents and healthcare experts, as well as handy downloadable sheets to help you prepare for those all-important GP visits. By being prepared you can make sure that you don’t forget to mention anything that could be important.

If you’re looking for more information on the web, look at our further reading section.

Video library

Emma’s story

Emma Wileman talks about Haydn and what happened the day he had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut in his breakfast cereal.

A guide to food allergies

Dr Jo Walsh simply explains what food allergies are, their symptoms and what to do about them – including getting tested by your GP.

Every Child is Different

In February 2016, Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay, Chair of Paediatrics at Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Dr Christina Jones, Brighton and Sussex Medical School organised a public engagement event called ‘Every Child Is Different’, this was in collaboration with art group SameSky as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival 2016. The event explored personalised medicine concepts related to asthma, eczema and allergy. The event was a huge success with approximately 250 local children and parents attending throughout the day.

Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay talks about personalising medicine for children

Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay, Chair of Paediatrics at Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Brighton and Sussex Medical School, talks about the Personalising medicine for children event, which was part of the British Science Festival 2017 in Brighton.

Personalising medicine for children – British Science Festival 2017

Personalised medicine has been hailed as the answer to disease, but is access to its benefits achievable for all children, from both high and low socioeconomic countries? This panel brings together experts and the public to explore whether the science supports implementing the key changes to medical treatment it would require.

Processes, Papers and Professors: how clinical research in young people gets approved

This film was produced by Helter Skelter Media for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and formed part of materials discussed during workshops held at a junior school, a secondary school, and a sixth form college in the autumn of 2013. It presents a hypothetical case study involving Ruby, a young girl with severe asthma, her consultant, who is planning a clinical research study involving asthmatic children, and a mock research ethics committee discussing the ethics application for his study. More at: http://nuffieldbioethics.org/children…

Printable resources

Appointment preparation:

New NHS guideline on the diagnosis and assessment of food allergy in children:

  • This website focuses on the new guidelines for patients and what you should expect from your GP or primary care practice which has been advised by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to assess and diagnose suspected food allergy in children up to their 19th birthday


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