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Auckland DHB Clinical Immunology and Allergy

Public Service, Allergy and Immunology

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). The doctor will take a detailed history of your symptoms and ask about previous illnesses and what medications you are on.  The history is the crucial part of the consultation.  Part of good history-taking includes asking questions about what you do for a living, who you live with, what support you have, and mood and emotional factors.  You will also be asked about smoking, alcohol etc.  There will be other questions about your health designed to add helpful information to diagnose what is causing your symptoms.  The doctor will then examine you.  They will explain to you as they go the reasons for the examination and then what tests or treatments are coming.

 

What allergy testing is there?
If relevant, the doctor may ask for skin tests to be performed, either on the first clinic appointment or at a subsequent appointment.  Certain skin tests may take some time to perform (up to 2 hours).

You may be started on some medications or asked to undergo further testing (e.g. blood tests) before being seen again in the clinic or may be referred back to your GP for ongoing management. A letter will be sent to your GP (and commonly copied to you) with treatment recommendations as well as the results of any tests that are undertaken.

Some patients will be referred to the Immunology Day Ward for further investigations or management.  These would include patients who need drug, venom or inhalant allergen desensitisation and also patients who need challenge procedures (e.g. with drugs or foods).  Our waiting time for Day Ward interventions varies but may be up to 3-4 months.

This page was last updated at 11:08AM on March 24, 2021.