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Allergy services

There are two types of allergy clinic run independently by a nurse prescriber providing allergy diagnosis and offering allergen avoidance advice along with appropriate medicines management:

Skin prick allergy testing to identify Type I allergens relating to ENT disorders. Results are identified with the patient on the same day of the test.

Skin patch testing identifying Type IV allergens specific to otitis externa and or related ear conditions. This test is also carried out as a diagnostic measure prior to major ear surgery. The test involves the patient attending the outpatient clinic four times within one week; the results are read at the last attendance.

In May 2005 Ipswich Hospital became a pollen counting centre contributing to national and international pollen data recordings. This knowledge of aerobiology offers a more comprehensive understanding of allergic disease and its effects on rhinitis.