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Auckland DHB Clinical Immunology and Allergy

ADHB Immunology is the tertiary referral centre for diagnosis and treatment of allergy and other immune disease (immune deficiency and some autoimmunity).

Our staff consists of Immunologists, Immunology trainee doctors, Immunology specialist nurses, and a specialist dietitian.

An Immunologist is a fully qualified specialist allergy and immune system doctor.  As such, an Immunologist is the foremost expert in allergy diagnosis and treatment.

Please click on these links to find out more about the conditions we diagnose and treat:

Some of the procedures we offer are:

  • Bee or wasp allergy treatment desensitisation
  • Aspirin Desensitisation
  • Aspirin Challenge
  • Desensitisation for allergic rhinitis
  • Drug allergy testing (skin testing and oral challenge)
  • Oral food challenge (blinded/unblinded)
  • Subcutaneous immunoglobulin infusion for immunodeficiency
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin infusion for immunodeficiency
  • C1 inhibitor infusions for hereditary angioedema
  • Desensitisation to other medications (antibiotics, chemotherapy) - this is an acute treatment only

Other useful links:

Consultants

Hours

Allergy and Clinical Immunology clinics are conducted between 9am - 5pm on most weekdays.

Referral Expectations

How to get an appointment at Immunology Outpatient Clinic Auckland

We are part of the public health system and, as such, we are a free service. 

In general, to be seen by one of our Immunologist Allergy Specialist Doctors a referral to our department is necessary.  This can be written by your GP or another specialist.

Our average waiting time for a routine outpatient appointment is 3-4 months. More urgent patients may expect a wait of 1-2 months and we can make even more urgent appointments for exceptional cases.  

What do I bring to Immunology Clinic?

  • If you have had an allergic reaction to a food, it can be useful to bring a sample of that food in a sealed plastic bag.
  • If you have had a rash or swelling, it is useful if you can bring any photos of it to clinic.
  • If you have been seen by other specialists, please bring the clinic letters.
  • A record of your current medications.

Procedures / Treatments

  • What happens at Immunology Clinic?

    At the clinic you will be seen by a Consultant Immunologist or an Immunology Registrar (who will discuss your case with the consultant).… More

  • What is Immunology?

    The specialty of Clinical Immunology and Allergy is concerned with managing disorders of the immune system:… More

  • Allergic Rhinitis and Hay Fever - Causes

    What is allergic rhinitis or rhinoconjunctivitis?
    Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis is the inflammation of the lining of the nose and eyes due to allergy.  It causes a blocked, runny and itchy nose, sneezing and itchy running eyes.… More

  • Allergic Rhinitis and Hay Fever - Treatment

    Inhalant allergens
    Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis is caused by a reaction to inhaled allergens (i.e.… More

  • Hives/Urticaria - Causes and Treatment

    What is urticaria?
    Urticaria (also known as hives) is an itchy rash that can appear like welts, which comes and goes in a seemingly unpredictable fashion.  … More

  • Allergy Testing and Diagnosis Auckland Hospital Immunology

    Allergy testing – what do skin tests mean?
    Skin testing and blood tests for IgE (RAST tests) are the only proven tests for allergy.  We use both skin testing (skin prick testing) for allergy and specific IgE blood tests.… More

  • How to tell if you have a Food Allergy

    Auckland Hospital Immunology Clinic Food Allergy Testing and Diagnosis
    What are the usual symptoms of food allergy?… More

  • Food Allergy Testing and Diagnosis

    Testing for food allergy
    The diagnosis of food allergy has become much more common in the last 20 years.  It was rare before the 1980s, now about 15% of the population report that they have a food allergy.  Is this increase in perceived food allergy due to:… More

  • Eczema - Causes and Treatment

    What causes eczema?
    Eczema is probably multifactorial, but it may be predominantly a deficiency in the bonding between cells in the skin.  This leaves small breaks in the skin which can become inflamed, hence the red, itchy rash.… More

  • Do I need an Epipen or Anapen?

    Auckland Hospital Immunology Department Allergy Information

    Do I need an Epipen® or Anapen®?… More

  • Desensitisation for Bee or Wasp Allergy

    Bee Wasp Allergy Desensitisation    Auckland Hospital Immunology Clinic
    For those with bee or wasp allergy, reactions can range from mild through to life threatening.  We provide bee and or wasp sting desensitisation, which is an effective treatment to prevent reactions to future stings.… More

  • Anaphylaxis

    Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction which can involve itchy skin rash, shortness of breath, dizziness or even loss of consciousness.  Some patients can feel nauseated, get abdominal cramping, vomiting or diarrhoea.  Sometimes anaphylaxis can cause immediate loss of consciousness without other symptoms (this is usually with insect stings or reactions… More

  • Samter's Triad - AERD: Sinusitis Rhinitis, Asthma, Aspirin Sensitivity, Nasal Polyps

    Samter's triad - Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD)
    Some people develop a running, blocked nose in early adult life that may progress to asthma and sinusitis.  Some of these people turn out to have nasal polyps.  This is known as Samter's triad.… More

  • Sensitivity to Aspirin and NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and aspirin are a large group of medications which are freely available over the counter in both pharmacies and stores such as supermarkets.  They are used for pain most often, but also for fever and sometimes other reasons. … More

  • Aspirin Desensitisation


    PATIENT INFORMATION ON ASPIRIN DESENSITISATION
    What are the reasons for aspirin desensitisation?… More

  • Food Salicylate and Allergy

    There is no good quality evidence to support the use of low salicylate diets for the treatment of:… More

  • How to administer subcutaneous immunoglobulin infusions - Patient Information from NZCIAG

    Please see the link below for information on subcutaneous immunoglobulin infusions. More PDF

  • Nursing guidelines on administration of subcutaneous immunoglobulin

    Please click for nursing information on how to administer subcutaneous immunoglobulin More PDF

  • NZCIAG Nursing guidelines for administration of IVIg

    More PDF

  • Food Chemical Oral Challenges, Open, Single Blind and Double Blind

    More

  • C1 inhibitor Infusions in Angioedema

    More

  • Food Challenge

    A food challenge is a definitive way of testing for the presence of a food allergy.  Usually an allergist begins the process of diagnosing a food allergy with a detailed history about previous exposure to the food(s) in question and symptoms that arose following intake of the food.  Often allergy… More

  • Drug Challenges and Desensitisation, both Antibiotics and Other Drugs Where Applicable

    More

  • Intravenous and Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin Replacement in Immunodeficiency

    More

  • Nursing Information Regarding Desensitisation

    Please see the attached article below. More PDF

Charges

Currently allergen immunotherapy is not funded by Pharmac and thus patients must find their own funding for the cost of the allergen injection extracts or sublingual extracts. The exception to this is immunotherapy for insect venom treatment. The venom extracts are provided under special authority from the Ministry of Health.  ACC are currently funding insect sting-related immunotherapy if the patient is at occupational risk of stings.

Contact Details

Auckland City Hospital

Central Auckland

Team Support contact person: Vai Westholm

2 Park Road
Grafton
Auckland 1023

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Street Address

2 Park Road
Grafton
Auckland 1023

Postal Address

Private Bag 92 024
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142

This page was last updated at 11:48AM on December 16, 2015. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Clinical Immunology and Allergy.