Friday 10th May 2019
The coroner has ended the inquest on Karanbir Cheema and has delivered her narrative and recommendations.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Karanbir Cheema who passed away following a tragic incident which occurred at William Perkin Church of England High School in Greenford, West London on the 28th June 2017. Karanbir was known to have severe eczema, bronchial asthma for which he was prescribed an inhaler, and was allergic to milk, peanuts, eggs, gluten and wheat.
Following the outcome from the inquest, the coroner has made a significant number of recommendations as a result of this case. These recommendations affect a number of bodies including the London Ambulance Service, the Hospital Trust and the William Perkin Church of England High School. This is a difficult occasion for the family of Karanbir Cheema, but we understand that the recommendations taken forward will bring about a positive result for those affected by severe allergies.
Lynne Regent, Chief Executive of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, said:
“We were deeply saddened to hear about the death of Karanbir Cheema as a result of this tragic incident. We have actively been supporting his family over this difficult time and have been by their side throughout inquest into his death. The coroner has called for a number of positive actions that we believe will positively benefit the allergic community.’
We wish to make it clear that the Anaphylaxis Campaign are not legal experts; the primary reasons we attend inquests are to offer support to families, and to identify if there are specific lessons that can be learned to take forward into the work we do to support people at risk of severe allergic reactions.
Anaphylaxis Campaign’s resources to help schools be allergy aware
As part of our Making Schools Safer Project, we have been in contact with over 26,000 schools in the UK to give them access to our free resources including;
- Our online e-learning course AllergyWise for Schools which is designed to ensure that all staff:
- Understand how to safeguard children with allergies.
- Are fully aware of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis.
- Know how to provide emergency treatment.
- Our KS1-2 Schools allergy awareness resource pack which is designed to facilitate an allergy awareness session for infant and primary school age children.
- Our KS3-5 Schools allergy awareness resource pack which is designed to facilitate an allergy awareness presentation for secondary school age children.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign believes it is vital for all schools to not only have training for all staff but to also raise pupil’s awareness of the seriousness of living with a food allergy. We hope our resources will support this and help schools become more allergy aware.
All our schools’ resources are available to view and download on our website:
About the Anaphylaxis Campaign
The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity solely focused on supporting people at risk of severe allergic reactions. We empower people living with severe allergies to be more confidently in control of their lives.
We provide information and support to people living with severe allergies, their families and carers, through our national helpline, volunteer-led local support groups and free online AllergyWise training courses. We also campaign and fundraise to achieve our ultimate aim, to create a safer environment for all people at risk of severe allergies.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact our helpline team at [email protected] or call 01252 542029.
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