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Dr Andrew Baker - Immunologist and Allergy Specialist - North Shore Auckland

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Allergy Specialist Doctor Immunologist Auckland

Dr Andrew Baker MBChB FRACP Immunologist and Allergist

Our allergy clinic is based in Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland. 

I specialise in:

We provide evidence-based testing, diagnosis and management of allergies and related conditions, with communication/education and practical advice.

Some things that allergy testing is often not helpful for:

- fatigue, "brain fog" - for these symptoms you might try a general internal medicine specialist

- abdominal symptoms - pain, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation - for these symptoms you might be best to first start with a registered dietitian or a gastroenterologist

Initial appointments are 30 - 40 minutes long, to get to understand your symptoms/issues as well as any other medical background.  

We do skin testing and specific IgE blood testing for allergies.  These tests are scientifically validated, and are probability based tests, where higher results indicate higher probability of allergy.  This cost is included in the initial appointment fee, and done if considered in your best interests.  Please do not take any antihistamines for 4 days prior to your appointment if testing is the plan.  If you have daily hives/urticaria/face swelling as your issue you can continue your daily antihistamine.

Often several follow-up appointments are needed as well.  (It is rare that everything is sorted out on just the first appointment).

Other forms of testing such as oral food or medication challenge testing are separate appointments and can be discussed / planned at the initial appointment.

I am very fortunate to work with Simone Stephens, an experienced specialist Immunology/Allergy nurse.

We provide a hayfever desensitisation  service e.g. to dustmite, grasses, plantain, cat and dog allergy.  This is at our clinic with subcutaneous desensitisation or at home with sublingual desensitisation.

As of 2022, for bee and wasp allergy, we will review and diagnose this allergy with testing, provide advice on a management plan, Epipen use, and advice on desensitisation options, but if desensitisation is to be undertaken we will refer you to ADHB Immunology for that, if that is what you choose to do.

My qualifications are an MBChB from the University of Otago, registration with the New Zealand Medical Council (NZMC), and my Immunology/Allergy specialist qualification is the FRACP (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)).  I am a member of the NZCIAG (New Zealand Clinical Immunology and Allergy Group) and ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy).  The practices of our clinic are in line with those of the BSACI (British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology and AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology).  Immunology is a type of Internal Medicine Specialist (Band III specialist on Southern Cross plans.)

There are two ways to organise an appointment:

1 - ask your GP to write a referral

2 - email me on andrew.baker@waitemataallergy.co.nz with a description of your symptoms, how long they have been going on for, and I can advise if I am the right person to see

Please click to view the website for the Waitemata Allergy Clinic North Shore Auckland 

www.allergyspecialistdoctor.co.nz

Consultants

Referral Expectations

Dr Andrew Baker MBChB FRACP Immunologist Auckland

To get booked in for an appointment there are two options:

1 - get your GP to send us a referral.  

2 - Email me on andrew.baker@waitemataallergy.co.nz with a description of your symptoms.

To try to increase the chances of whether I can help, I will review the info on referral or email, and if I think an appointment with me could be helpful for you, we will then plan booking you in.

I see patients 10 years of age and older.

I have quite a long waiting list unfortunately, so if you are in significant discomfort / unwell, then you could ask your GP about any other specialist options while waiting to see me.  You can email me about this also.

Please read my website further to check whether your symptoms match the type of conditions I help with.

In general, my tests do not help for symptoms of fatigue or brain fog.  For these type of symptoms you might enquire with a general physician or ask your GP where to consider going.

Also, if you have abdominal symptoms as the main issue, like pain, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, my testing is not helpful regarding this, and I'd recommend you see a gastroenterologist and/or a registered dietitian.

If you are coming for testing on food allergy or hayfever/asthma symptoms, it can be good to avoid antihistamines for 4 days prior to the review so we can skin test.

For your appointment it is valuable to bring:

  • details of any current medications
  • letters/documents from other specialists/your GP
  • any x-ray films or reports
  • copies of previous test results
  • photos (if you have them) of any rashes or swelling you have had.
  • For food allergy skin tests, we have skin testing at our clinic already for nuts, egg, milk, soy, wheat, but if you think you have had an allergic reaction to any other foods, it can be useful to bring a small sample of between one to four of the foods you think you may have reacted to, in case we decide to skin test to them. The foods should be in separate containers so they do not contaminate each other, and you only need a small amount.  If it was a cooked food, bring a raw and a cooked sample (in separate bags).

It is helpful if you arrive 10 minutes before your appointment, to fill out our arrival documentation forms to complete prior to your consultation.

Sometimes I can give you the diagnosis and management needed on one initial appointment, but in most cases several appointments are needed and ongoing follow-up is required, so please do not hope for all things to be sorted on one appointment in all cases.

In most situations we can help, but not every time, but we will always try.

If you have questions or are unsure, email me on andrew.baker@waitemataallergy.co.nz

Charges

Please contact us for details of our consultation charges.

Hours

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Procedures / Treatments

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  • Angioedema (Episodic swelling lips/tongue/eyes)

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  • Sinusitis/Nasal Polyps/Asthma/Aspirin Sensitivity

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  • Anaphylaxis

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  • Skin Testing for Allergy

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  • Eczema Treatment and Causes

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  • Dustmite Allergy Treatment

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  • Do I need an Epipen® or Anapen®?

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Parking

We have free off street patient parking, and free 120 minute street parking.

Contact Details

Enquiries/Questions:

andrew.baker@waitemataallergy.co.nz

15 Shea Terrace
Takapuna
Auckland 0622

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15 Shea Terrace
Takapuna
Auckland 0622

This page was last updated at 1:09PM on September 7, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Andrew Baker - Immunologist and Allergy Specialist - North Shore Auckland.