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Department of Clinical Immunology

Services

The Immunology Department provides Clinical and Laboratory Services. Additionally, we are keen to assist with the development of guidelines for investigation of potential immunological disorders, clinical audit and other educational activities.

Clinical Services

The main Immunology out-patients clinic is held in Clinic A on Monday mornings. A smaller allergy clinic is held in Clinic F on Thursday afternoons. Additionally there is a nurse-led clinic held in the department on Thursday mornings. Referrals are accepted from hospital teams and GPs. Self referrals from patients cannot be accepted. Appropriate referrals include:

  • Known or suspected immunodeficiency
  • Recurrent infections
  • Serious allergy (anaphylaxis)
  • Angioedema
  • Difficult autoimmune disease
Laboratory Service

The laboratory provides a large range of investigations for autoimmune and allergic disorders. The repertoire of investigations for possible immunodeficiency is being developed and expanded. Details of disease specific test profiles and test repertoire are provided in the Beaumont Hospital Laboratory Users Guide.

Some immunology tests are carried out in the Protein Chemistry and Haematology laboratories. These are outlined in the Beaumont Hospital Laboratory Users Guide above

 


Clinical Resources

Food symptom diary with instructions -
In diagnosing possible food associated allergic reactions, sometimes the triggers are not clear from clinical history. A food symptom diary can be very helpful in further investigations. The instructions sheet gives tips on how and when to complete the symptom diary.

Additional food symptom diary sheets -
Additional food symptom diary sheets (without the instructions).

Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria & Angioedema
This guide is intended to provide advice on the reconition and non-specialist management of chronic spontaneous urticarial and angioedema.

Chronic Urticaria Patient Information Leaflet
This leaflet is to aid patient education on the non-allergic condition called Chronic Urticaria

 

Laboratory Resources

Beaumont Hospital Laboratory Users Guide -
The Immunology laboratory provides a large range of investigations for autoimmune and allergic disorders. The Guide to Use of Laboratory Services by External Users provides details on the services provided and the current test repertoire.

Laboratory Testing for Antinuclear Antibodies
This guideline has been issued as part of the National Laboratory Handbook 

Requesting Specific IgE for Allergy Testing
This document provides GPs with a guide to requesting Specific IgE for Allergy Testing

Laboratory Testing for Total IgE and Specific IgE
This guideline has been issued as part of the National Laboratory Handbook 

Requesting Specific IgE Test 
Complete this request form to request Specific IgE Test


Hours

Laboratory hours are from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. The laboratory is closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays. A reduced service is offered between Christmas, New Year and Easter.

Out of Hours

There are no arrangements in place as yet to provide an out-of-hours service. On the rare occasions when there is a genuine clinical urgency in performing an assay, every effort is made to perform the relevant test, however such a service cannot be guaranteed.


Contacts

Administration Queries Including Appointments & Clinical Queries
  • Phone: (01) 809 3026
  • Email: immunologydepartment@beaumont.ie

Laboratory
  • Phone: (01) 809 2635/2421
  • E-mail:  immunologylab@beaumont.ie
    This email address is for laboratory queries only. For clinical queries & appointments please email immunologydepartment@beaumont.ie
Dr Mary Keogan, Consultant Immunologist
  • Phone: (01) 809 3377 (Secretary to Dr. Keogan)
Dr Khairin Khalib, Consultant Immunoligist
Ms Anne Clooney, Chief Medical Scientist
Postal Address

Immunology Department
Beaumont Hospital
PO Box 1297
Beaumont Road
Dublin 9

This guide is intended to provide advice on the recognition and non-specialist management of chronic spontaneous urticarial and angioedema