The latest figures from NHS Digital show the number of hospital episodes in England with a primary diagnosis of anaphylaxis increased from 5,497 in 2018-19 to 5,517 in 2019-20. Previous figures have shown the number of cases of children hospitalised with severe allergic reactions in England has increased by 72 per cent over the last six years. Overall, including adults, there has been a 34 per cent rise in admissions over the same period.
Figures from 2019 reveal wide regional differences among children admitted to hospital with anaphylaxis. The health region with the highest increase is London where the number of cases has risen by 167% from 180 in 2013-14 to 480 in 2018-19. Among those ten and under, the increase is a staggering 200 per cent.
Natasha Allergy Research Foundation (NARF) has renewed its call for the Government to appoint an ‘Allergy Tsar’ to co-ordinate and take steps to make sure people with allergies get the treatment and care they need.
NARF first called for the appointment of an ‘Allergy Tsar’ earlier this year following the inquest of Shante Turay-Thomas, 18, who died in 2018 from anaphylaxis after eating hazelnut.