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Immunology and Allergy

The North East’s Regional Immunology and Allergy Unit at the RVI and is one of the largest units of its kind in the UK.

Patients attend the unit from across the North of England, from Cumbria, North Yorkshire, the Borders and into Scotland. Patients may be experiencing conditions ranging from common allergies such as hay fever and food allergies, to complex auto-immune diseases and immunodeficiency problems.

Extensive range of specialist clinics to diagnose and help you manage your condition

Our specialist clinicians and nurse specialists provide a wide range of clinics which assess, investigate and manage immune system disorders and allergic conditions for patients which include the following:

  • Immunoglobulin Infusion Clinic providing regular infusion treatment for patients who have long-term antibody deficiency resulting in a compromised immune system and consequent inability to fight infection.  Our specialist nurses also provide home therapy training to enable some patients to infuse their treatment in the comfort and convenience of their own homes.
  • Primary Immunodeficiency Clinic providing assessment and ongoing clinical management of patients with rare primary immune diseases. We also provide seamless transitional care for young adults with primary immune diseases transferring from the Regional Paediatric Immunology Department.
  • Auto immune Disease Clinic providing highly specialist treatment and management for patients with auto-immune conditions such as systemic lupus, and vasculitic diseases
  • Medical and Nurse Led Allergy Assessment Clinic providing assessment and management of allergies involving allergen skin prick testing for a wide range of allergic conditions including nut, dairy, pollen, animal dander, house dust mite, latex, drug and venom allergy; investigation and management of anaphylaxis; and training in the use of adrenalin for self-injection.
  • Immunotherapy Clinic providing desensitisation therapy to a range of inhalant allergens, wasp and bee venom using either subcutaneous injection immunotherapy treatment or sublingual treatment (under the tongue).
  • Chronic Fatigue Clinic providing specialist assessment and management of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Hereditary Angioedema Clinic to diagnose this condition and provide treatment and advice including long-term preventative medicine and acute treatment of attacks.

Committed to providing safe, up-to-date clinical care

We have established links with organ based specialist departments in chest medicine, dermatology, gastroenterology and ENT throughout the Trust.

We undertake a wide range of research projects enabling the department to take part in a variety of national and international, multi-centre drug trials in the field of allergy and primary immune deficiency.

Contact us

For further information on this service, please contact: 

  • Dr G P Spickett, Consultant Clinical Immunologist or Sister T Green, Nurse Consultant
  • Tel: 0191 282 0669 

You can find us on a map. You can access the unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle:

  • Leazes Wing (Richardson Road Entrance), level three, via Leazes Wing reception, turn right onto main corridor toward Immunology and Allergy Unit which is located on the right-hand side of the corridor, alternatively;
  • New Victoria Wing (Queen Victoria Road) main entrance level one, or  via multi-storey car park. Proceed to New Victoria Wing level three and follow corridor past x-ray to Leazes Wing. The Regional Immunology and Allergy Unit is located on the left hand side just before Leazes Wing reception.

On arrival patients will be greeted by reception staff, who will direct you to the waiting area prior to your appointment. Disabled access is available. 

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