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Helen Brough

Consultant in Paediatric Allergy

, London

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Helen Brough: Consultant In Paediatric Allergy in London

Dr Helen Brough is a leading London specialist in paediatric allergy. Based at The Portland Hospital, she offers expert diagnosis and management of the full range of allergic disorders affecting children, including food allergy, hay fever, eczema, asthma, delayed gastrointestinal food allergies, insect sting and latex allergy. Dually accredited in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Allergy, she provides private diagnosis and management for allergic disorders in children at The Portland Hospital and at HCA UK at The Shard.


She is available at the Portland Hospital for Women and Children, 215 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays.

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Training and experience

Dr Helen Brough graduated from King’s College, Cambridge University, with double honours in Medicine and Experimental Psychology before completing her clinical training at the Royal Free and University College London Medical School.

Choosing to specialise in paediatrics, Helen undertook her specialist training on the South London Paediatric training rotation before taking up a UK Higher Specialist Training post in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology. This prestigious post allowed her to train at three leading London teaching hospitals: Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. During this training, Helen also completed an MSc in Allergy from the University of Southampton and was awarded a PhD from King’s College London University for her work in determining routes of developing peanut allergy.

Helen is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital, where she is Clinical Lead for Paediatric Allergy, the largest service of its kind in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. In her NHS role, she currently runs general allergy clinics and leads the joint specialist Allergy/Respiratory service, having previously led the joint specialist Allergy/Gastroenterology service and the joint Allergy/ENT clinics. She was also responsible for establishing, and continues to run, community Children’s Allergy services, including an educational programme for primary care, and Allergy Transition services designed to help teenagers better manage their allergies.

An honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, Helen teaches on the Paediatric MSc course, the Immunology MSc course and the Allergy Academy and the Centre of Excellence international fellowship course. She is the co-chair for the European Allergy (EAACI) Congress 2020 due to be held in London.

Helen is on the Health Advisory Board for Allergy UK and chairs the national atopic eczema guideline group for the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Standards of Care Committee.


Helen Webb Prize for Paediatrics and Child Health (2002)

Esther Frances White Memorial Prize (2002)

Distinction in Pharmacology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2002)

Royal Free and Blackwell Science Prize for Academic Excellence (2000)

Coeliac UK ‘Health Professional of the Year’ runner-up (2010)

BSACI Barry Kay Ward for research in Paediatric Allergy (2013)

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Clinical interests

Helen has a clinical and research interest in:

  • Food allergy prevention
  • Diagnosis and treatment of allergy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders

In her clinical practice, Helen aims to provide holistic care for children with allergic disorders utilising the latest research developments to treat not only existing symptoms, but also with a view to preventing further symptoms. She is currently the lead on the multicentre European Pronuts study looking into how the development of a new nut allergy can be prevented in children with at least one existing nut allergy and was the co-author of the LEAP study, a ground-breaking study which showed that in young children with eczema or egg allergy, the early introduction of peanut into the diet prevented the development of peanut allergy. She is an investigator for the oral and patch desensitisation trails at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

In the media

Peanut Allergy and the Skin: Q&A with Dr. Helen Brough - Allergic Living

Research interests

Helen is actively involved in research to prevent food allergy and to develop new treatments for allergic disorders. A regular presenter at national and international meetings, she has published original research in the areas of peanut and food allergy, as well as reviews on active management and prevention of food allergies, dietary management of peanut allergy, the risks of exposure to food in the environment in allergic patients and the use of antihistamines in children. She is the author of the textbook Rapid Paediatrics and Child Health (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) and has contributed chapters to books on Paediatric Allergy.

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Allergy tests and treatments

Dr Helen Brough provides expert diagnosis and management of allergic disorders affecting children including food allergies, eczema, asthma, hayfever, insect stings, latex allergy and antibiotic allergy.

A consultation with Dr Brough may include a number of tests to determine the nature of the problem, including:

  • Skin prick testing
  • Spirometry
  • Exhaled nitric oxide
  • Chest X-ray
  • Sinus MRI scan
  • Allergy blood testing
  • Food allergy
  • Atopic eczema
  • Allergic asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Immunotherapy to house dust mite, pollens and animal dander
  • Delayed gastrointestinal food allergies
  • Insect sting
  • Latex allergy
  • Antibiotic allergy

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New consultation: £280

Follow-up consultation: £230

Available at The Shard HCA Healthcare UK Paediatric on Fridays

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Accreditation and admitting rights

Helen Brough is an accredited consultant for the following hospitals, clinics and groups...

Professional details


MA (Hons), MSc (Allergy), PhD, MB BS, FRCPCH FAAAAI

Qualified in 2002 in United Kingdom

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

    Registration no.: 6048377
    Date of registration: 06-Aug-2003

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Memberships and associations

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
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