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the Allergy Service at University College London Hospitals and he holds a regular allergy clinic at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, London. He holds a private allergy clinic in Winchester.
Dr Radcliffe accepts referrals in all areas of allergy medicine including food allergy, food intolerance, rhinitis (hayfever), asthma, anaphylaxis, drug allergy, latex allergy, wasp and bee venom allergy, urticaria (hives), angioedema (swelling) and eczema.
Two tests are commonly used, the Skin Prick Test and the Specific IgE Blood Test (previously known as RAST). However, whilst allergy is unlikely when these tests are negative, a positive result only means that allergen-specific IgE is present (i.e. the immune system has become sensitised) it does not diagnose the allergy.
This is why allergy tests can be unsafe if interpreted by people who have had no training in allergy.
Dr Michael Radcliffe is one of a small number of consultant physicians in the UK with General Medical Council specialist accreditation in allergy medicine. He is Senior Consultant at