First of all, hospital admissions for allergies are unfortunately on the rise. There are 25,000 hospital admissions for allergies every year. This is roughly equal to 500 admissions a week. This is 35% higher than in 2011. Furthermore, admissions for more serious reactions are 19% higher than in 2011. The graph below highlights the growth in hospital admissions.
NHS England Hospital Admissions: 2011-12 to 2015-16
It seems like this is not a short-term trend. There was a 615% increase in the rate of hospital admissions for food allergies over 20 years in the UK.
According to the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. “Allergy is the most common chronic disease in Europe. Up to 20% of patients with allergies struggle daily with the fear of a possible asthma attack, anaphylactic shock, or even death from an allergic reaction”. This quote is via Allergy UK.
Above all, it’s important that we come together and use our experiences. We’re in this together! Too often eating out with food allergies is a stressful experience. Often we make decisions randomly or based on word-of-mouth.
As a result, I’ve had lots of different experiences of eating out with allergies. Some restaurants have been great, some average, others have been very poor.
Despite the rise of review websites in the early 2000’s, we haven’t yet used the knowledge of the allergy community in the UK remains untapped. This is why we think Allery Out can help food-allergic people to keep safe and informed. We will raise awareness of food allergies and help restaurants to up their game. Furthermore, we provide the tools to help food-allergic people keep safe. Above all, we want to create a website that helps you with your allergies.
Finally, as hospital admissions are on the rise do read our post about how to put a Medical ID on your phone.