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Allergy testing in Christchurch

This query came today:

“I am in Christchurch and my GP says there is no allergy testing available anymore in Christchurch. Is this true?”
Reply: Well, it depends what you mean by allergy testing.
Skin prick testing for allergies:  This is available at Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL), at the hospital.  Needs a GP referral. Wait time about 6 months I am told.
The private labs (MedLab and Southern Community Lab) are not offering this service now, following earthquake.
We do skin-prick tests at the Childrens Clinic as part of your paediatric consultation (private). 
RAST blood testing for allergies:  This is available at all the labs.  Needs a GP blood request.
We organise RAST tests at the Childrens Clinic if this is indicated.
Waiting times: We can usually see patients within a week or two.

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