Nadia Qayyum & Fiona Houlihan, Clinical Practice
One stop shop allergy clinic
The community children’s nursing team at Inverclyde Royal Hospital have established a skin prick allergy test allowing their young patients to be tested and diagnosed on the same day.
Previously patients gave a blood test then waited up to six weeks for the diagnosis. The introduction of the skin prick allergy test has tightened up the process improving the patient journey.
The nursing team can now more quickly move forward to meet and teach staff at the child’s school or nursery; coach child-minders, grandparents and other carers about all the aspects of the child’s condition and how to give medication if appropriate.
Audits have shown that the children who attend the allergy clinic are also more responsive to managing their allergy and are more likely to carry their medication and know what to do with it.
This fully co-ordinated approach involving the paediatric consultant and the community based nursing teams have resulted in a faster, more efficient and better quality service. As one staff member commented: “The department is now much slicker and children and their parents don’t have all that hanging around waiting for results. Another significant benefit is that we have been able to free up appointment slots and so reduce waiting times.”
Below: Lorna Gallacher with colleague Fiona Houlihan receive their award from the Cabinet Secretary.