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Allergy referral – Information for GPs

Referral criteria / commissioning position

Refer to Dermatology only if there is a dermatological manifestation.

Patients with a wheeze, food allergy or anaphylaxis should not be referred to dermatology – adult patient should be referred to a consultant immunologist and children to a consultant paediatrician.

All other requests should be submitted to the Individual Funding Request (IFR) panel prior to referral.

Investigations prior to referral


Information to include in the referral letter

  • Description of symptoms and duration (if required grounds of clinical exceptionality for IFR)
  • Details of treatments and measures tried including outcomes
  • Drug history (prescribed and non-prescribed)
  • Relevant past medical/surgical history
  • Current regular medication
  • BMI
  • Smoking status
  • Alcohol consumption
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