MP meets with local allergy support group

MP Jo Swinson met last week with members of the local Anaphylaxis Campaign Support Group to discuss allergy awareness.

The group, which is run by Kirkintilloch nurse and volunteer Nicky Forrest, meets regularly and focuses particularly on allergies in children.

Commenting on her visit, Jo said:

“It was great to meet with Nicky and the other members of the local allergy group. I heard from one 12-year-old boy about his own experiences, and also discussed concerns about the current shortage of life-saving auto-injectors, which I will be raising with Ministers.

“Nicky does a great job providing support to local families who experience problems related to allergies and anaphylaxis.”

Commenting, Nicky said:

“As a support group it is great to know that someone is fighting the corner for anaphylaxis sufferers and that they are prepared to take it to the highest level.

“We need to see a national policy to protect highly vulnerable children. Safeguarding in schools and on planes both need to be considered. Better first aid training is needed for all adults responsible for children. And of course we need uninterrupted access to life-saving adrenaline in the form of EpiPens, which at the moment are in desperately short supply.”

The Anaphylaxis Campaign Support Group is a network for parents of children with anaphylaxis and food allergies, as well as adults. They are the perfect chance to meet other people just like you in your area, share experiences, swap tips and talk about what’s on your mind in a relaxed setting.

The next meeting is from 7:30-9pm on Thursday 17th May in the Conference Room at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre, G66 3DD. Attendance is free but prior notice is essential. Email for further information.

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