Starship Paediatric Immunology and Allergy provides both inpatient and outpatient services for two main groups of patients:
- children with primary immune deficiency disorders where the immune system does not function properly. Many of these children will have multiple hospital admissions and they will also be seen in outpatients. Some will require ongoing immunoglobulin replacement therapy for which Auckland children will be seen in the Day Stay Unit at Starship. The service is involved in the care of immune deficient children from around New Zealand, in liaison with the child's local paediatrician.
- children with allergic disorders. Allergy is extremely common, and most children with allergy will be looked after by their general practitioner, sometimes with the assistance of a general paediatrician. Only a minority of children with allergy will need to be seen by the Starship Immunology and Allergy service. Examples of allergy problems that may need to be seen by the Starship Immunology and Allergy service include very severe allergic reactions / anaphylaxis, complicated food allergy, or severe insect sting reactions. Most allergy patients will be seen only in outpatients.