Dr Helen Brough

Dr Helen Brough

MA (Hons) MSc PhD MBBS FRCPCH

Paediatrics (children's doctor)

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17 years of experience
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

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4.96
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4.96
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4.96

Top feedback

“Extremely happy we chose to see Dr Brough with our 1 year old son. He has several allergies and her aim is to get him eating as much as we can. She is very proactive and reassuring.“
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Subspecialty

  • Allergy Medicine
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 6048377
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £280

    Follow-up appointment: £230

    Practices worked at

    The Portland Hospital

    234 Great Portland Street, London, United Kingdom, W1W 5QT
    353 reviews

    About

    Dr Brough is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She leads the largest Children’s Allergy Service in the UK at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital and runs allergy transition services for teenagers up to age 18 years to empower them to take control of their allergies. She has specific interests in food allergy prevention, diagnosis and treatment, immunotherapy, asthma, eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders and eczema. She jointly runs the specialist difficult asthma and allergy service at the Evelina London. She chairs the national eczema guideline for the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She co-authored two landmark studies on the prevention of food allergy, is the lead investigator for the Pronuts study (assessing peanut, sesame and tree nut allergy) and is an investigator for the oral and patch peanut desensitisation trials which are currently running at the Evelina London. 

    Dr Brough has published multiple original research articles as well as published a textbook, she also regularly presents her research both nationally and internationally and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King's College London. She has written reviews on the active management and prevention of food allergies, dietary management of peanut allergy and risks of exposure to food in the environment in allergic patients. She is the Chair of the Pediatric Section for the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). She organised the Annual National Allergy Meeting for the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology from 2013-2016 and is the Co-Chair for the European Allergy (EAACI) Congress 2020 which will be held in London.

    She was awarded 'Health Professional of the Year' runner-up in 2010 by Coeliac UK and the Barry Kay award for excellence in Paediatric Allergy research from the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2013.

     

     

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    Medical procedures

    • Skin prick test
    • Allergy blood test
    • Allergen desensitization
    • Allergy shots
    • Spirometry
    • Exhaled nitric oxide
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    Special interests

    • Prevention, diagnosis and management of food allergy
    • atopic eczema, allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay-fever)
    • immunotherapy to environmental allergens (e.g. house dust mite, pollens, pet dander)
    • allergic conjunctivitis, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, sinusitis, eosinophilic eosophagitis, eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease, insect sting and latex allergy. 
    • Actively involved in research to prevent, diagnose and treat food allergy.
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    Education

    Helen graduated from King’s College, Cambridge University, with double honours in Medicine and Experimental

    Psychology, before completing her clinical training at the Royal Free & University College London Medical School. She trained in Paediatrics in South London Paediatric training rotation and was then awarded one of the few recognised

    Higher Specialist Training posts in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology. She trained in some of the UK’s leading teaching hospitals: Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College Hospital, and Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

    Helen has dual accreditation and is on the specialist register for both General Paediatrics and Paediatric Allergy. Helen is also certified by the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) as a European Paediatric Allergist. During her training, Helen completed an MSc in Allergy, gaining a distinction at the University of Southampton. She was subsequently awarded a PhD in determining routes of developing peanut allergy, at King's College London University.

    Helen is a member of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Royal Society of Medicine, and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health. 


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    Reviews

    4.96 Overall Patient Trust rating
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    Food Allergies
    5/166
    Allergy Medicine
    2/166
    Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
    2/166
    Reflux
    2/166
    Allergen desensitisation
    1/166
    Allergies
    1/166
    Allergy & Intolerance tests
    1/166
    Allergy Blood Tests
    1/166
    Crying Baby
    1/166
    Paediatric Consultation
    1/166
    Rhinitis
    1/166
    Video Consultation
    1/166
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    Allergy Medicine Paediatric Consultation Food Allergies
    Extremely happy we chose to see Dr Brough with our 1 year old son. He has several allergies and her aim is to get him eating as much as we can. She is very proactive and reassuring.
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    Reflux Crying Baby
    Wonderful experience ! Dr Broughs advice was a total game changer for my 5 month old baby..... and for me. Within days I finally had a happy baby!
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    Allergy Medicine Video Consultation Allergy & Intolerance tests
    After being let down by the NHS for almost a year, our situation became desperate for our little girl who was suffering in many ways and we just didn't know what to do anymore. Trying to get help and support during a pandemic was so difficult so we resorted to going private for help. We came across Dr Brough where her profile was so inviting and experience so vast, we messaged her that night requesting an appointment. I couldn't believe we had a reply the same evening, really late, offering us an appointment within days! Dr Brough is thorough, understanding, makes you felt heard and helps you as a worried parent to understand what is going on. We have found out so much from the tests she carried out, results the same day or within a few. A service we cannot fault. Thanks to Dr Brough our little girl is no longer suffering! The improvement we have made within weeks is something we never imagined could happen. We cannot thank Dr Brough enough. Highly recommend.
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    Food Allergies Reflux
    Dr Brough has been proactive and incredibly thorough with investigating our baby son’s allergies. She has provided supporting information and resources which are helpful tools for managing the situation. Her responses to my questions have been informative and she has been very responsive, ensuring I’m equipped with essential and accurate information. I’m so pleased that our son is under her care.
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    Patient seen for:
    Food Allergies Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
    We could not recommend Dr Brough highly enough. From our very first consultation, on behalf of our baby daughter, we were immediately put at ease as it was clear that we were in the hands of a real expert. We were given all the time we needed to ask as many questions as we wanted and for each were given a really thorough response. On confirming her diagnoses, Dr Brough immediately put an action plan in to place, which removed a lot of our stress and worry as we felt confident that we had finally found a doctor who not only took our daughter's situation seriously but would do everything in her power to help her. Although we were referred for allergies and eczema, Dr Brough was the first person to notice our daughter's heart murmur, which had been missed by several other medical professionals during her first 6 months' of life. This is testament to Dr Brough's attention to detail and we are so grateful to be under her care.
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    As the mother of the patient, I am happy that my daughter's concerns were considered at all times. My daughter was treated beautifully and the doctor's bedside manner was impeccable - especially with such a young patient. I also think that we were able to rule out certain concerns whilst finding topical solutions for the severe eczema, which was the primary reason for the visit. Thank you Dr Brough.
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    Dr Helen is helping me to find the causes of my daughter frequent illness, and has already suggested a treatment that is working for her eczema. She has been very compassionate and intelligent to find out what my daughter needs are. My daughter has history of wheezing, Dr Helen already made a plan to prevent it. We feel very supported and hopeful that my daughter’s health will improve. We already see with more clarity how can we help our daughter. I have no reservations recommending Dr Helen.
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    Food Allergies
    We had two appointments with Dr Brough to discuss our sons allergies. She was professional and thorough in her approach and advice. She gave us clear advice and instruction on the management of his allergies and eczema. His eczema is now well managed and she devised a clear treatment plan for his allergies. We found her to be very knowledgeable and experienced and she provided us with resources to take away which have also proved very useful. We would definitely recommend Dr Brough to other parents.
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    Allergies Allergen desensitisation
    I found Dr Brough to be extremely thorough, meticulous and detailed. We went to see her to discuss immunotherapy , but she picked up a few other things that proved to be well worth examining. She was extremely patient with questions and , probably most importantly, continues to show the same dedication and details in all follow up correspondence. I cannot rate Dr Brough highly enough.
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    With Dr Brough's comprehensive help my baby's eczema is now very well controlled, and his food allergies identified and being managed. She is thorough, approachable, and very happy to answer questions. With her it feels like my baby is in a very safe pair of hands - for which I'm very grateful!
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    Patient seen for:
    Food Allergies Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
    I could not recommend Dr Helen Brough and her secretaries enough, especially Hayley who has always been so helpful and efficient, I have spoken to her so much over the last month I feel like she is my new friend! Their service in such an uncertain time with COVID 19 has been outstanding. I could not fault it. My four month old baby boy Leo had started coming out in rashes all over his body, itching and was so uncomfortable. After going backwards and forwards to the GP for over month and not getting anywhere, I felt helpless and exhausted. I did some research on Paediatricians and came across Helen and I am so pleased I did. After reading about her inspiring career I booked an appointment and had one within a few days!! Dr Brough is very professional and has a lovely calming way about her. I have found this to be so important as learning about allergies and eczema on top of being a new Mum can be a little overwhelming. Leo’s skin is amazing and we now know all the things he is allergic to and how to help him! We look forward to our consultations with Dr Brough and Allergy tests with Victoria! Could not recommend them both enough!
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    Rhinitis Allergy Blood Tests
    Dr Brough helped get to the bottom of my daughters ongoing runny nose and cough symptoms and was very kind and professional.
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    Dr Brough is kind, compassionate and very experienced! I am glad we met her, she was able to sort out all the problems my son had (he used to get ill every 3 weeks) requesting the right blood test and prescribing the right Medications. She also looks after her patients in all the aspects (not just immunological) but also general well-being. I would highly recommend her!
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    Very nice and listens and explains. Will call you back if needed in between appointments
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    Very easy to connect - through the link received on email, entered the code and was in right away. Video quality is decent enough, audio was very clear. Dr Brough is a fantastic specialist, genuinely cares, patient and provides advice in a very clear, concise and easy to understand manner. Given the unprecedented situation we all find ourselves in at the moment, my wife and I are very grateful for the technology to allow video consultations, makes a huge difference. I highly recommend given we are all asked to 'stay at home'.
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    She is quick yet very detailed oriented in explaining everything to her patient.
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    We saw Dr Helen Brough,we our boys and she was wonderful
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    Very helpful, she actively retried to help me and could not fault her
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    Very thorough and supportive with our daughters delayed food allergies / intolerances. Dr Helen listened carefully and provided practical advice.
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    It was helpful, interesting and I felt very comfortable and they were all very friendly. I also learnt lots of information about how to help my allergies.
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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 1 doctor for:
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    Paediatrics (children's doctor)

    Dr Yiannis Ioannou
    Dr Yiannis Ioannou
    Paediatrics (children's doctor)

    14-02-2019

    Helen is a highly valued colleague and an expert in paediatric allergy. Helen is a very thorough, caring and approachable specialist doctor and a leader in the field of paediatric allergy.

    For specialty: Paediatrics (children's doctor)
    For conditions: Allergies, Reflux and Colic, Wheezing
    Connection: I have referred them patients

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