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What is Immunology?
Immunology is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the study of the structure, function and disorders of the immune system. The immune system is a complex system of organs and cells that recognises foreign material, e.g. bacteria and viruses, in our bodies and builds a defence against them.

Immunology includes: the use of vaccines to protect against diseases, the role of the immune system in non-infectious diseases such as cancer, the damage that can be done to the body’s own tissues by the immune system (autoimmunity) and allergy.

A doctor who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and management of immune system disorders is called an immunologist.


Referral Expectations

Outpatient Clinics and Procedures
Your GP will refer you to one of our clinics. The referral letter is looked at by one of our doctors for the degree of urgency. Depending on urgency, waiting times can be a week to 4 months.

You need to bring to your appointment:

  1. any letters or reports from your doctor or another hospital
  2. any X-rays, CT (computer tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) films and reports that you have at home.
  3. all medicines you are currently taking, including herbal and natural remedies; or a written list of all these.
  4. your pharmaceutical entitlement card.

When you have been seen, the clinic doctor will discuss with you what is wrong, what tests might be needed to find out what is wrong, and what treatments are possible. A letter about all this will be sent to your GP.Sometimes, it may be clear from the family doctor or other hospital referral that a certain test or procedure is going to be needed. We may then call the person in directly for that test instead of into a clinic.If you have any change in your condition before you come to your appointment, please see your GP immediately.


If you are eligible for funded health care, then in most instances the services provided will be at no charge. Click here to view Eligibility criteria for funded healthcare.


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Clinical Measurement Unit
Wellington Regional Hospital
Riddiford Street
Wellington 6021

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Clinical Measurement Unit
Wellington Regional Hospital
Riddiford Street
Wellington 6021

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Wellington Hospital
Private Bag 7902
Wellington South

This page was last updated at 11:04AM on January 16, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Immunology.