The North West is the third largest region and is home to seven million people, or one eighth of the UK population. There are 1.4 million children in the region and it is estimated that allergy affects at least a quarter of all children living in the North West. The North West Paediatric Allergy Network is subgroup of the North West Paediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infection Group (NW-PAIIG), an Operational Delivery Network (ODN) hosted by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We meet formally four times a year under our established Terms of Reference to share our knowledge and expertise to ensure that children who are living with allergies in the North West are receiving the best available care.
Our ODN combines the clinical expertise of specialist paediatricians, GPs, dietitians and nurses from centres throughout the North West who specialise in allergy, working alongside patient representation and managers.
We have two tertiary centres based at Alder-Hey Children’s Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which is now linked to UHSM Allergy Centre (Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust). Outreach specialist paediatric allergy clinics are conducted in the Wirral, Lancaster, Preston and Macclesfield. We also have strong links with colleagues in most District General Hospitals in the North West that provide paediatric care, including Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Chester, Glan Clwyd, Oldham, Southport, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop, Warrington and Wrexham.