Asthma and Allergy Clinic

 

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

The Asthma and Allergy Clinic is multidisciplinary service coordinated by the Department of Respiratory Medicine. This clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Severe Asthma and all types of allergies.

We provide following outpatient services:

  • Specialist Consultations
  • Nurse Consultations – Asthma and Anaphylaxis Education including Action Plans
  • Respiratory function testing – checking how well your lungs work
  • Allergy testing – Skin Prick testing (Provided by Lung function laboratory)
  • Speech Pathologist Consultations

What service can patients expect to receive?

You will be assessed by one of our specialist doctors and we will organise appropriate tests relevant to your condition. You will be a provided a treatment plan which will also be sent to your referring doctor in a timely manner. We can also provide interpreter services should you require one.

How to access this service?

  • You need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.
  • Your GP will fax your referral to the hospital. Once we receive the referral, we will send you a letter.
  • If there is a waiting list, you’ll be advised what to do in your letter.
  • Referrals are current for 12 months from the date of issue. Keep a copy of your referral, so you can easily ask your GP to renew your referral if you need to.

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, appointment or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care card (if you have one)
  • Concession card (if you have one)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
  • Referral from your doctor (if you have a copy)
  • Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)To enquire about your referral:

Contact us

To enquire about your referral:
Outpatient Clinics: Phone (03) 8405 8335
Lung function Lab: Phone (03) 8405 2444

For other general enquiries:
Phone (03) 8405 2444
Email: respiratoryenquiries@nh.org.au

For Health Professionals

Service Overview

The Asthma and Allergy Clinic is multidisciplinary service coordinated by the Department of Respiratory Medicine. This clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Asthma and all types of allergies. These include:

  • Severe/Difficult Asthma
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Urticaria/Angioedema
  • Food Allergies
  • Medication Allergies
  • Insect Allergies

The clinic is attended by Respiratory Physicians, Allergists, Immunologists, Speech pathologist, a Clinic nurse consultant and also provides on-site lung function and allergy testing. The clinic is well coordinated to provide a streamlined patient experience and provides the following:

  • Specialist Consultations
  • Specialist treatment plans. Including:
    • Biologics for Severe Asthma
    • Allergen-specific immunotherapy.
  • Specialist nurse Consultation for Asthma and Anaphylaxis Education including Action Plans
  • Respiratory function testing
  • Allergy testing – Skin Prick testing
  • Speech Pathologist Consultations

How to Refer:

We accept GP and specialist referrals for this service
Referrals for Lung function

Outpatient Clinics

Referrals are triaged depending on priority. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency Department at any time. We can also see patients needing urgent clinic appointment through our Rapid Access Clinic.

All referrals to Northern Health should be sent to:

Fax:                      8405 8616
Free Call:             1300 128 539

Referrals should include:

  • Relevant clinical history for the patient
  • Relevant investigation results
  • The reason for referral
  • Patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
  • Your provider number
  • The name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)

Our Team:

Director/Head of Unit:
Dr Katharine See

Consultants:
Dr Megan Howden
Dr Mittal Patel
Dr Jibin Thomas

Speech Pathologist
Marinda Brooks

Respiratory Clinical Nurse Consultants
Gavin Fahey
Maureen Goodwin

Head Respiratory Scientist / Laboratory Manager
Nicholas Romeo

Enquiries:
Robyn Phelan (Admin Assistant)
Phone (03) 8405 2444
Email: respiratoryenquiries@nh.org.au