Immunology and allergy

The Immunology Department investigates and treats adults and children with disorders of the immune system – the body’s natural defenses against disease or infection.

One of the most common problems involves allergies. We help patients find out what they are allergic to, and help them manage the condition – either in hospital or at home. Tests may often consist of a simple skin or blood test.

The Immunology Department has expert staff and facilities, and is located at City Hospital.


Outpatient clinics are held for people suffering from allergies. Starting with a simple skin or blood test, we can treat many allergies including pollens, dust mites and animals using drops or tablets. Other treatments, for example, injections can be effective against allergic reactions to wasp/bee stings.

We are able to perform an extensive range of allergy tests and testing for autoimmune diseases – this is when the body is attacked by its own cells. The laboratory is also an official referral facility in measuring the effectiveness of certain vaccines.

The laboratory also carries out investigations into patient immunodeficiency – when the body’s natural ability to fight infection or disease is lowered. We run regular clinics for adults and children at City Hospital, where there is a well-established antibody replacement service. Specialist facilities for children include a paediatrician (children’s doctor) and an immunologist working together for the best results.


Clinic DayLocation
Adult allergyMonday afternoons. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.Birmingham Treatment Centre, City Hospital.
Paediatric allergyTuesday mornings.Birmingham Treatment Centre, City Hospital.
Day casesTuesday afternoons. Wednesday and Friday mornings.Area M8, within the Maternity department at City Hospital.
Paediatric immunodeficiency clinicThird Monday of every month.Birmingham Treatment Centre, City Hospital.
Adult immunodeficiency clinicFirst and third Thursday morning of every month.Birmingham Treatment Centre, City Hospital.
Anaesthetic allergy clinicThursday mornings on a monthly basis.Birmingham Treatment Centre, City Hospital.


Immunology Department: 0121 507 4250

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