- The Allergy Center of the Fukuoka National Hospital
The Allergy Center of the Fukuoka National Hospital
The Allergy Center of the Fukuoka National Hospital
For the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases, the Allergy Center of the Fukuoka National Hospital maintains the following internal departments:
- Department of Allergies (for allergy conditions)
- Department of Pediatrics (for infants, children, and adolescents)
- Department of Respiratory Medicine (for respiratory conditions)
- Department of Psychodiagnosis (for psychological diagnosis)
- Department of Dermatology (for skin conditions)
- Department of Otorhinolaryngology (for ear, nose and throat conditions)
- Department of Rheumatism and Connective Tissue Disorders
The Allergy Center of the Fukuoka National Hospital can accommodate almost all cases of allergic diseases in all age groups from infants to senior citizens. Our medical team consists of many specialized physicians and medical advisors in addition to highly specialized non-physician personnel such as nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, lab technicians and physical therapists.
We target a diverse range of allergic diseases such as bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, pollen allergies (hay fever), atopic dermatitis, urticaria (hives, rashes), food allergies, drug allergies and anaphylaxis (anaphylactic shock.) In addition to being able to accommodate almost all cases of allergic diseases, we also pride ourselves in being a medical institution of many departments and fields of occupational expertise which work closely and amicably together.
Each department offers medical consultations on an outpatient basis. Clinical conferences are held jointly by multiple departments allowing for information to be shared. Furthermore, we strive to offer high quality and comprehensive medical care for allergic diseases through new and on-set preventive measures based on immunology. In as far as providing information, we aggressively pursue educational activities of holding lectures targeting medical personnel, and providing separate lectures for patients which are open to the public. With regard to human resource development, we strive to improve the quality of regional medical care for patients with allergic diseases by fostering physicians, capable of examining allergy patients comprehensively, and allergy-oriented pharmacists, nurses and nutritionists. We also strive to enhance our research activities and our support of schools and institutions of child welfare.
Fukuoka National Hospital (and the Allergy Center)
Having been designated as Kyushu’s only Allergic Disease Medical Center Hospital in April of 2019, Fukuoka National Hospital established its Allergy Center in the same month to promote equal accessibility to all levels of medical care for allergic diseases.
The Allergy Center is active in the following five areas:
- 1）Offering medical consultation and diagnosis
- 2）Providing information
- 3）Conducting human resource development
- 4）Conducting research
- 5）Supporting schools and institutions of child welfare
The Fukuoka National Hospital as a designated Allergic Disease Medical Center Hospital under the “Basic Japanese Law on Measures Against Allergic Diseases.”
A survey taken in 2013 showed that one out every two people living in Japan suffered from some kind of allergic disease. Ever since, this trend is widely expanding to cover all age groups from infants to the elderly. It is not uncommon for allergic diseases to cause multiple complications. As the causes for the aggravation of such outbreaks and symptoms are impacted by a diverse range of issues relating to our living environment, it makes perfect sense to provide and promote a system of medical care where allergic diseases can be comprehensively diagnosed, treated and prevented. This was a pressing and urgent issue for medical care in Japan.
Taking this situation into account, the Japanese government passed the ”Basic Japanese Law on Measures Against Allergic Diseases” on June 20, 2014 which became effective on June 27 of the same year. The law addresses the following four points:
Fundamental Targets of the Basic Japanese Law on Measures Against Allergic Diseases
- 1）Prevent allergic diseases as well as reduce the severity of symptoms to allergic diseases
- 2）Promote equal accessibility to medical care for allergic diseases
- 3）Maintain and improve the quality of life for patients suffering from allergic diseases
- 4）Promote research
As an Allergic Disease Medical Center Hospital, Fukuoka National Hospital will coordinate with both regional medical institutions and family doctors so that patients can receive proper medical care.
Furthermore, we will hold seminars for health care professionals and practitioners in an effort to attain equal accessibility to medical care so that quality medical service can be received without being restricted to any region or hospital. We will also coordinate with local government and schools by holding seminars and distributing pamphlets so that a wide range of health professionals can get acquainted with allergies and emergency allergy procedures.
We hope patients and the general public will have a deeper understanding about allergic diseases through this website. We shall also work diligently so that regional society as a whole can take measures against allergic diseases.
Our Allergy Center is constantly conducting new research on the prevention and treatment of allergic diseases. We hope to make our contribution to society as a whole through accomplishments in our research.
About Pediatric Allergy Educators (PAE)
Pediatric Allergy Educators (PAE) are certified by the Japanese Society of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology after successful completion of short courses and examinations. The degree can be acquired by nurses, pharmacists and certified nutritionists who are engaged in the field of allergy treatment. Pediatric Allergy Educators assist the patient as well as his or her family so the patient can constructively receive treatment. Pediatric Allergy Educators also create circles of support with medical practitioners, schools, nursery schools and kindergarten schools to make life easier for the patient to continue receiving treatment. Pediatric Allergy Educators give further assistance to children with allergic diseases by explaining to them in simple, understandable terms, the nature of their disease and treatment. In addition, Pediatric Allergy Educators assist their patients in helping them acquire whatever skills are necessary to receive treatment. For example children with bronchial asthma are taught how to inhale. Those with atopic dermatitis are given tips on skin care, while other patients learn about what measures to take against symptoms of food allergies. Such efforts are targeted towards outpatients and hospitalized patients and their families.
Striving to deepen an understanding of allergic diseases, Fukuoka National Hospital actively holds summer camps targeting children with allergies. We hold swimming classes for children with asthma. Classes on food allergies are also held. To better our environment, we are actively engaged in providing accurate information on the symptoms of children with allergies and methods on how to deal with such symptoms. Such information is provided to institutions supporting allergic children, such as schools, nursery schools, kindergarten schools and after school programs for children with working parents.