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26.09.19 at 11:57:37
 
Hi all
We have a balloon stall in our local hospital and stalls for charities also use balloons. I have asked for them to be removed and should not be in a hospital setting. But it's not happening. Now we have to inform the hospital when our appointment is and they try and make sure no balloons etc but doesn't always work like this and we have had to reschedule a appointment this time. How do I get the hospital to realise how dangerous latex allergy is ? Thanks for reading. Kim
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Reply #1 - 27.09.19 at 07:58:43
 
Hi Kim.   What hospital is this?   We had a similar problem with Nottingham City Hospital some years ago and we found that the only way round it was to take it up with our MP.   He asked for a copy of their latex policy and we got a copy.   It was one A4 page.   We threatened to sue and their latex policy is now about an inch thick.
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Reply #2 - 30.09.19 at 09:58:48
 
Hi it's Queens Hospital in Romford. Ok thank you I was thinking this would be the way forward. Funny enough our local MP supports allergies and was on Twitter with Dr Fox so hopefully they can help. Thank you
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Reply #3 - 30.09.19 at 13:44:34
 
Best of luck with it Kim and please let us know how you get on.
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Reply #4 - 27.01.20 at 09:41:14
 
Hi . I have recently been diagnosed with Type 1 latex allergy following skin prick testing after having an anaphylactic reaction. It is a learning curve for me but I am not sure how I will react if around ballon displays ie in shops . Or wether it is just if I touch them ? Got another allergy appointment coming up at Broomfield Hospital and so many questions.  
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Reply #5 - 27.01.20 at 17:48:21
 
Be very careful when around balloons Christine, my wife went into anaphylaxis in the City Hospital, Nottingham after walking into a room with a display of balloons.  Balloons are coated with a powder to stop the latex sticking and the powder can become airborne and it carries the protein that causes the problem which becomes attached to the powder.
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