‘Stem Allergy & Paediatric Specialists’ Opening late February 2019!

 

 

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Dr Rebecca Werther, Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist, has relocated!

For all appointments, call 03 8578 5661

 

Location – 1485 Malvern Road, Glen Iris VIC 3146

(near Tooronga Road)

(Plenty of street parking - suggest 2 hour spots to avoid fines. Take care in ‘clearway’ zones.)

 

**Current referrals for patients seen in Mornington will be valid for both locations**

 

You can also follow Rebecca on Facebook

 

Please read information regarding appointments…

 

Fees:

Rebecca’s practice is a private fee for service clinic, which means that patients must pay the full account on the day of consultation.

All consultations are eligible for a Medicare rebate with a valid doctor’s referral.

A referral from a GP lasts 12 months (unless stated otherwise), with a specialist referral only lasting 3 months from date of first appointment. When initial appointment is made, you will receive an email including fee structure and Medicare rebates.

For further questions, please call the clinic on 03 8578 5661.

 

Confirming appointment:

You will receive a confirmation text message 7 days prior to the appointment. Appointment must be confirmed to avoid it being cancelled. If appointments need to be cancelled or rescheduled, please give at least 24 hours notice in order to allow another urgent patient to take that spot. If appointments are not attended despite being confirmed, patients may receive a cancellation fee.

 

Medications:

Please stop all antihistamines 5 days prior to the consultation (if skin prick testing may be performed) – this includes cough/cold medications as well as Phenergan, Polaramine, Zyrtec, Claratyne, Aerius, Telfast and other generic brands of these medications. Patients do not have to stop nasal sprays or asthma medications.

If anti-histamines cannot be stopped due to severe symptoms, please contact the clinic prior to discuss options. As the actual skin prick test is only a minor component of the overall assessment, Rebecca can still assess and manage the condition with a plan to test later or by alternative means if it is deemed necessary.

Please do not put any creams on your child’s back on the day of the appointment, if skin prick testing may be performed.

 

What to bring??

o   Doctor’s referral (if not already sent through)

o   Any previous test results

o   Medicare Card

o   Health Centre Record book (for babies/young children)

o   Rebecca has extracts to common food allergens, however if you would like testing to seafood or fruit, please bring carefully labeled fresh specimens in separate containers.

 

About allergy testing…

If skin prick testing is deemed necessary, Rebecca will do the test on your child’s back. This involves small skin pricks with lancets, known as Quintips, which feels like small scratches. It can cause minor discomfort at the time but is generally fairly well tolerated. Your child will need to sit on the lap of a parent, with his/her back facing Rebecca. The test itself takes only 1-2 minutes to perform, with results ready after 15 minutes. Rebecca will then discuss the results and correlate them to the clinical history, with a copy of results provided for you to take home.

 

If skin prick testing is not deemed to be necessary or helpful for the particular problem, Rebecca will explain why this is the case, while continuing to diagnose and manage the problem based on her clinical judgment and experience. She would prefer not to put a child through the discomfort of testing if not clinically necessary. Skin prick testing does not detect the cause of all allergic conditions.