Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Allergy Unit

Patient Information


The following information is for patients of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit. Please read carefully before coming to your appointment.

Please also either ring us or reply to our email sent to you a week before the appointment to confirm if you are coming or wish to cancel. A cancellation fee applies if notice is given in less than 24 hours.

For directions on how to get to the Allergy Centre please click here.

If you have any queries, please contact us.

What To Expect:

You will see the doctor first, and depending on the problem you may then have a skin test, breathing test or blood test.

If you or your child's diet is affected by food allergies or if diet may be implicated, you will need to see the dietitian.

For dietary testing you'll be given written instructions to take home, as well as the contact details of your dietitian.

If you're from outside Sydney, generally everything that needs to be done on the first visit will be organised on the day you come. If you live over 200km away, you can ask your GP or Local Health District office for an isolated patient's travel allowance form. It should be signed by your referring doctor and brought to the clinic.

Your referring doctor will be sent a report after your visit.

Please avoid bringing food containing nuts, peanut butter, Nutella, eggs, cheese and milk as traces of these may affect highly allergic patients.

Please also avoid wearing perfume, after-shave, body spray or scented deodorant on the day, as these may affect sensitive patients.

You should expect to be there for AT LEAST 2-3 HOURS, so make arrangements beforehand with work, school, child-care, etc.

Bring something to read or to occupy your child in case you need to wait. Please do not make up baby bottles in the waiting area. This can be done in our staff kitchen.

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What To Bring:

  • A referral letter from your family doctor or referring specialist for us to be able to process your Medicare claim, otherwise full payment for consultation and tests on the day.
  • "Blue book" for young children's appointments.
  • Copies of any relevant medical reports or test results.
  • A list of any medications you are using (including doses)
  • And if relevant, a diary record of your diet and symptoms.

If you have asthma:

  • Do not take any medication (e.g. Ventolin, Seretide, Symbicort) on the morning of your appointment, unless you're unable to do without it.
  • Bring your peak flow charts and any other relevant information (e.g. lung function test, X-rays, etc).

If you're on antihistamines:

  • Stop them at least 3 days before your appointment. Nose sprays, antibiotics, stimulant medications for ADHD and other medications can be continued.

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What It Will Cost:

We will bulk-bill for the doctor’s consultation and the allergy tests, provided you have a doctor’s referral and a valid Medicare card. Without these, full payment for consultation and tests will be charged.

The Diet Programme Fee is $ 98.00, a one-off fee payable on the day of initial dietary assessment and includes the RPAH Elimination Diet Handbook with food and shopping guide. Please note that private health funds do not cover the cost of our dietetic programme fee.

You will be billed separately for any pathology tests.

Non-Australian residents or patients with no valid/current Medicare card will be charged a separate schedule of fees. Please let us know if you are in this category so that we can advise you of the costs.

All fees are payable on the day of the consultation. We accept cash, cheque and credit card (Visa or Mastercard). EFTPOS is available.

The following resources are also available from the clinic:
  • "Friendly Food" - $33
  • RPAH Elimination Diet Handbook (Volume 1) - $22
  • RPAH Food Intolerance Handbook Volume II: Challenges, liberalising & management - $36
  • Peak flow meters - $35
  • Spacer - $25
  • Mask - $15

Please bring your Medicare card, doctor's referral letter and payment for Diet Programme Fee and/or resources.

Without a referral, we cannot process your Medicare claim, and full fees will be charged.

For children's appointments, please bring their blue book.

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