Dr David Orton


Dr David Orton is a consultant dermatologist whose sub-specialism is allergy management in adults and children.

"Investigating allergic disease continues to pose challenges – particularly with our limited understanding of the complex mechanisms by which they can occur and developing reliable diagnostic tests. However, I have always enjoyed such challenges which demand an inquiring non-biased mind, and where the diagnosis often lies in the detail of the history provided by the patient.

Allergic conditions can affect multiple organ systems in the body, and physicians need to remain alert to this possibility. Both allergy and perceived allergy can have a huge impact on the quality of life of individuals and their families, and I always endeavour to look at medical problems in the context of the individual.

Within the roles that I have held in the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy and European Society of Contact Dermatitis, I have focused on consumer protection from allergens used in cosmetics and everyday household products.”

BSc, MSc (Allergy), MBBS, FRCP

Consultant Dermatologist & Allergist

London Allergy Doctors

Dr David Orton has been an accredited Consultant Dermatologist since 2000.

In November 2017 he resigned from the NHS after 29 years service and now only works in the private sector. As a result of this he has sufficient time to provide the high standard of care and attention to detail that he believes patients should expect.

His previous NHS appointments were at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he led the cutaneous allergy investigation unit and the General Adult Allergy service. He was concurrently Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Free Hospitals NHS Trust where he ran the cutaneous allergy investigation unit.

Dr David Orton is immediate past President of the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy and current Secretary of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis.

He is a frequently invited lecturer at both National and International meetings on Contact Dermatitis and sits on the Advisory Board of EPIDERM as part of the Health and Occupational Reporting Network, University of Manchester. This provides information on occupational skin disease to Public Health England.

He is the author of a Dermatology textbook, and has contributed chapters to other General Dermatology and Specialist Allergy textbooks. He is the author of over 45 peer reviewed papers and was invited to give evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Allergy.

He is an active Member of :

The British Society of Cutaneous Allergy
The British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
The European Society of Contact Dermatitis
The London Contact Dermatitis Group

Dr Orton studied medicine at Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School, now the Imperial College School of Medicine in London. Whilst there he took an intercalated BSc in Psychology as applied to medicine obtaining BSc (Hons).

After extensive training in General Internal Medicine he decided to specialise in Dermatology where he underwent clinical training between the Royal Free Hospital and the Royal London Hospital.

He completed higher training in Dermatology in 2000 and then undertook further sub-specialist training in Contact Dermatitis and General Allergy and was awarded an MSc in Allergy in 2008. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 2005

Conditions seen:

“Excellent treatment, I was very happy with how helpful and understanding he was.”

"Thank you so much for your time and opinion this morning, such a relief to meet a pragmatic dermatologist."

Kate Barnes

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