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Complex asthma service

Our service is led by Dr Katy Pike and Joanne Miles who is an asthma clinical nurse specialist.

Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
Dr Katharine Pike
Asthma Clinical Nurse Specialist
Jo Miles

We take a team approach and also ask other professionals to help children and young people with asthma. These include colleagues from

  • lung function
  • psychology 
  • dietetics
  • ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • speech and language therapy
  • physiotherapy.

Puppy Ward (Test Ward)

Puppy Ward is a 14-bed ward caring for children with a variety of respiratory conditions from cystic fibrosis to empyema/pneumothorax and complex asthma.

We also look after children who require respiratory support from a ventilator (either via a face mask or tracheostomy).

Propranolol for headaches

Propranolol belongs to a group of drugs called beta blockers. It is used in patients with heart problems to control high blood pressure or irregular heart beats. It is also used to treat certain types of vascular birthmarks. It is also used to prevent migraines and headaches.

Food allergy

Food allergy is a type of food hypersensitivity where the body’s immune system has a reaction to a substance that is usually harmless, resulting in the release of a number of chemicals into the bloodstream. Common foods causing an allergy in children include: cow’s milk, eggs, shellfish and peanuts. Substances that cause an allergic reaction are called allergens.