Why does allergy education matter for patients?

Jo Keeling has multiple severe allergies and has experienced anaphylaxis a number of times:“It is so important to me as a patient, that we receive good clinical care in terms of quick access to an Allergist to provide a diagnosis. However, alongside this, support is critical so that we patients are not simply diagnosed and then left to manage the condition on our own. Allergies are manageable but life changing to many.  As a newly diagnosed patient, I suffered further anaphylaxis due to my inexperience and lack of knowledge.”         

Allergy education is our first port of call, which is often the GP, and is essential.  GPs provide a vital link to Allergy Consultants who are there if patients need more expert intervention. Of course, it’s not just GPs who encounter patients with allergies.  Jo has experienced paramedics who provided essential first aid during anaphylaxis, midwives who cared for her and both her children who were induced early due to her latex allergy; nurses in the community who came to her rescue during anaphylaxis whilst driving and occupational health nurses who assisted throughout her career as a Police Officer.  Additional training for any medical practitioner a patient may encounter is vital to ensure best practice and a consistent approach is achieved for everyone, wherever they are in the UK.