The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Meet the team

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Meet the Allergy and Clinical Immunology team

Dr Sinisa Savic is our clinical lead for allergy and immunology, overseeing a team of 11 including two consultant clinical immunologists, two specialist registrars, two immunology nurse specialists, a health care assistant, two medical secretaries and two clinic clerks.

Dr Savic is full of praise for the team: “Everybody in our team works extremely hard. Everyone is a vital part of the care we provide for a large population, including Leeds and much of West and North Yorkshire.”

“We always make sure that everybody has the opportunity to think of new ways of providing better care for our patients. Everyone should have the chance to contribute.”

The team see around 3,000 patients a year. They treat 1,200 new allergy patients each year, with 100 of those being treated to desensitise them from grass pollen.

This treatment, which runs each year from September to March, is offered to patients who have severe hay fever, for whom treatment, such as antihistamine, is not effective. The scheme lasts for 3-5 years, depending on the patient, and should provide benefits to the patient for a number of years, following its conclusion.

The team provides high quality care for people with immunological conditions which result in a range of persistent, severe and unusual infections depending on which part of their immune system is affected. Depending on the disease, treatment may consist of antibiotics, physiotherapy, immunisations or replacement immunoglobulin therapy.

Sheila Pawson, a medical secretary, who has worked in the team for 18 years, said: “We are an extremely busy but effective team. We often see the patients when they visit the department and to be able to put a name to a face after you have spoken to someone on the phone is great.”