St Marys Hospital Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust - Paediatric Allergy Clinic

Training & Education
-One registrar training post as part of the Grid training scheme; one post for senior fellows.
-Frequent overseas visiting doctors for training purposes
-Imperial College MSc in Allergy and Paediatrics
-Undergraduate training

Integrated Care Delivery in Paediatric Allergy:
We have an established network of allergy care reaching into primary care via the Connecting Care for Children hubs in addition to primary care being networked via the North West London Asthma & Allergy Network. As part of our network arrangements, we have strong and permanent working relationships with a number of consultants with special interest in paediatric allergy.

We provide services on the Hammersmith Hospital site three days per week (David Harvey Unit).

Clinical Service:
We deal with all aspects of allergic disease and specifically provide a holistic service for children with severe multisystem allergic disease. We care for children with very complex disease via an established tertiary care network with joint clinics in allergy/gastroenterology together with colleagues at Chelsea & Westminster (Dr Jenny Epstein, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist), the severe asthma team at the Royal Brompton Hospital (Dr Sam Sonnappa) and paediatric dermatologists (Dr Caroline Hewitt), ENT surgeons. The service is supported our clinical psychologist as well as a senior speech and language therapist in the dedicated feeding clinic for children with allergy related feeding difficulties.

There is a large research programme with clinical research taking place on the dedicated Children’s Clinical Research Facility. We are part of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and perform clinical trials, laboratory based trials and systematic reviews.

For Military Referrals please contact Dr Claudia Gore

Children Seen By

  • Paediatrician (Allergist)


  • Immunotherapy For Pollen
  • Immunotherapy For Non Pollen Inhalents
  • Immunotherapy For Venom
  • What Routes Of Immunotherapy Are Available: Both


Age Group

  • Desensitisation / Immunotherapy
    Children only
  • Drug Allergy with Challenge
    Children only
  • Drug Allergy Without Challenge
    Children only
  • Eczema
    Children only
  • Food Allergy
    Children only
  • General Anaesthetic Allergy
    Children only
  • Latex Allergy
    Children only
  • Regular Challenge Sessions
    Children only
  • Regular Day Case Sessions
    Children only
  • Rhinitis
    Children only
  • Urticaria / Angioedema
    Children only
  • Venom Allergy
    Children only

Lead Consultants


  • Dr Sharon Hall
    Paediatric Allergy, Head of Clinical Service
  • Professor Adnan Custovic
    Paediatric Allergy, Head of Academic Service
  • Dr Claudia Gore
    Paediatric Allergy, Lead for Adolescent Allergy



  • Dr Marta Vazquez-Ortiz
    Paediatric Allergy
  • Dr Helen Cox
    Paediatric Allergy
  • Dr Robert Boyle
    Paediatric Allergy
  • Dr Paul Turner
    Paediatric Allergy
  • Dr Nandinee Patel
    Paediatric Allergy
  • Dr Abbas Khakoo
    Paediatrics with special interest in Allergy
  • Dr Umasunthar Thisanayagam
    Paediatrics with special interest in Allergy
  • Dr Ian Polock
    Paediatrics with special interest in Allergy



  • Dr Kathleen Sim
    Paediatric Allergy
  • Dr Alan Nguyen
    Paediatric Allergy
  • Dr Rina Chotai
    Paediatric Allergy

Lead Health Professionals


  • Ms Justine Dempsey
    Specialist Dietitian
  • Ms Rachel Griffin
  • Ms Philippa Moss
  • Ms Sandra Grosso
    Speech & Language Specialist

Health Professionals


  • Ms Sarah Baker
    Paediatric Allergy Dietician
  • Ms Christine O'Keeffe
    Nurse Specialist -Paediatric Allergy
  • Ms Bethan Almeida
    Nurse Specialist – Paediatric Allergy & Asthma
  • Mr Ferdinand Morales
    Nurse Specialist - Paediatric Allergy
  • Ms Sabrina Lewis
    Nurse Specialist - Paediatric Allergy
  • Ms Crystal Johns
    Nurse Specialist - Paediatric Allergy
  • Ms Hayley Cranston
    Nurse Specialist - Paediatric Allergy
  • Ms Clare Jackson
    Nurse Specialist - Paediatric Allergy

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