GPs demand allergy services

GPs have called for better access to allergy services after guidance urged greater follow-up and investigation of anaphylactic reactions.

The Royal College of Physicians issued guidance on emergency treatment of anaphylaxis amid rising incidence.

This highlights the importance of using adrenaline for adults having an anaphylactic reaction. It also recommends greater follow up.

Swindon GP Dr Anthony Crockett said the guidelines were a step in the right direction but GPs are often not supported by adequate allergy services in secondary care.

'From a primary care point of view, it is all very well saying that all patients presenting with anaphylaxis should be referred to a specialist allergy clinic, but my nearest centre is 75 miles away,' he said.

'Allergy is not seen as a high burden in the NHS. Patients are mostly affected by quality of life issues you can't quantify.'

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