Make an Appointment

Making Appointments

If you would like to make an appointment with the Allergy Specialist please click the button on the right or fill out the form below. Alternatively, telephone the clinic on (09) 376 6185.

Before the Appointment

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire which we would ask you to complete as fully as possible and email, fax or post to the clinic prior to the appointment. You will also be advised to avoid Anti-Histamines for 3 days prior before your initial consultation as this could interfere with allergy skin tests which the doctor would carry out.

GP Referral

Your General Practitioner may refer you to the Allergy Clinic. He may send a referral letter direct to the Clinic, or give it to you to bring to the clinic. The Specialist will then report to your doctor on the outcome of your consultation. You may also refer yourself to the Clinic.

What to Bring

Please bring your questionnaire and doctor's referral letter, if these have not previously been sent to the clinic, also any X-rays you may have.

Your Consultation

A full initial consultation can take anywhere between 45-60 minutes. Skin Prick Testing may be carried out during this time.

Additional testing, after the Initial Consult may be required for some patients if extensive testing is required. If delayed hypersensitivity (allergy) is suspected, a Patch Test may be needed. This will be a new appointment, the patch is applied to the back and the test is usually read 48 hours and 72 hours after application.

What is the difference between the skin tests done in the Auckland Allergy Clinic & the commercial labs?

The tests done at the Auckland Allergy Clinic are not done by technicians, they are done by Specialists trained in doing Allergy Investigations. The Auckland Allergy Clinic uses fresh (non-commercial) extracts for some food tests, as some commercial food extracts are world-renowned to be unreliable. For some allergy skin tests like bee, wasp and drugs, intradermal testing (which cannot be done at commercial labs) is the accepted method of testing. The tests are also interpreted by specialists. Inaccurate skin prick test result can lead to misdiagnosis, resulting in omission of effective treatment or more seriously, can lead to the wrong treatment being given as immunotherapy.

Skin Prick testing is only one small aid in Diagnosing Allergies. A positive result, only indicate that the individual might have an "immediate hypersensitivity" or Type 1 Allergy. Other types of allergic reactions will have to be tested by the appropriate test eg. Blood Test or Patch Test for Delayed Hypersensitivity Reactions.

Any After Effects to the Skin Prick Testing?

The answer is no in almost all cases. If you get itchy positive skin tests then they usually settle down within about an hour. One in about two hundred people get a lump at the site of the test several hours later. This may take a couple of days to go away.

Fees

Please contact reception on 09 376 6185 for appointment fees
 

Request for Appointment

You can fill out the form below to request an appointment. We will take your information and make an appointment(s) for you. We will inform you of your appointment by either phone or email.

Your appointment is not official until you have received our confirmed appointment. If you prefer to make your appointment by phone please call (09) 376 6185.

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