Immunology & Allergy
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The Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is a newly established statewide specialist service for the assessment and management of allergic and immunologic diseases.
North South North West Statewide
Clinical Immunologists deal with conditions in three main areas:
- Allergy – immunological reaction against harmless substances
- Immunodeficiency – increase in the frequency or severity of infections
- Autoimmunity/autoinflammatory – immunological reaction against the self
This service incorporates the RHH Jack Jumper Allergy Clinic and RHH Supervised COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.
It is distinct from the RHH Paediatric Allergy Clinic, the Tasmanian Specialist Immunisation and Allergy Clinic, and the Specialist Paediatric Immunisation Service.
We provide outpatient clinical services as well as consultation to hospital inpatients and day-patient admissions for procedures.
Out of hours on-call and inpatient admissions are currently outside of the scope of this service.
- Clinical consultation
- Skin prick testing for allergy diagnosis
- Immunotherapy/Desensitisation for allergy treatment
- Challenge testing for diagnosis of food or drug allergy
- Assessment and management (including supervised immunisation) of suspected vaccine allergy.
Services We Provide/Clinical Conditions Appropriate For Referral:
- Anaphylaxis to drugs, insects, foods and unknown cause
- Urticaria and angioedema
- Hereditary angioedema
- Drug allergy
- Allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis
- Non-allergic rhinitis
- Allergic and non-allergic sinusitis, nasal polyposis
- Asthma, allergic and non-allergic
- Venom and aeroallergen immunotherapy
- Food allergy
- Severe eczema
- Eosinophilic oesophagitis and other eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease
- Mast cell disorders
- Systemic autoinflammatory diseases / Periodic fever syndromes
- Immunodeficiency, hereditary and acquired (not HIV).
- Irritable bowel syndrome/suspected food intolerance (except on referral or recommendation from gastroenterologist)
- Large local reactions to insect stings
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/multiple chemical sensitivity/fibromyalgia/post COVID-19 syndrome
- Contact dermatitis/patch testing for contact allergens (refer to dermatology)
- Acute or chronic urticaria which has remitted (unless allergic cause suspected)
- Children under 18 years (unless for insect allergy)
What we don't see/conditions excluded from service:
The following conditions are medical emergencies and require immediate transfer to the RHH emergency department:
- Angioedema with threat to the airway
- Acute severe asthma
Referrals need sufficient information to allow triage and act as a clinical handover and must conform to the standard – see For Clinicians.
Referrals are registered by the clinic to which they are referred and are triaged according to the specific clinic guidelines.
Likely Triage Category
Information required to determine urgency/Prerequisite information
Severity– e.g., hypotension, collapse adrenaline treatment, admitted to hospital
Cause- known, unknown, avoidable
Has/has not adrenaline autoinjector
Severity of reactions
Interference with daily activities
Response to medications
Nasal obstruction, anosmia
Severity of attacks, symptoms
Response to medications
Likely allergic triggers
Severity, frequency of infections
Infectious pathogens, antibiotic requirement
Atypical infections, family history
On immunoglobulin replacement
Urgent indication for suspected
Multiple allergies/limited options
Nature of previous adverse reactions
Duration, severity of urticaria
Association with systemic symptoms
Response to antihistamines
Involvement of airway
Fever, rash, organ involvement, family history
Mast cell disorder
Anaphylaxis, recurrent mastocytosis attacks
Organ, systemic involvement
Predominant cutaneous involvement
Severe eczema (as part of multidisciplinary investigation and management)
Primary referral to dermatology
Clinic Appointments - Appointments are based on clinical priority:
Proceed to Emergency Department (ED).
LGH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED* – Phone: (03) 6478 5120 Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED* – Phone: (03) 6493 6351 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6173 0489
Advice for medical practitioners can be given by the Medical Officer In Charge (MOIC) - see HealthPathways Tasmania for contact information.
*MCH and NWRH MOICs request GPs call them prior to referring a patient to ensure the patient is being sent appropriately to a safe destination.
Urgent / category 1
We will endeavour to see these patients within 4 weeks.
Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar or Clinic Nurse to organise urgent review.
Semi-urgent / category 2
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks
Routine / category 3
Next available appointment
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