Christchurch Allergy Clinic
Our combined service involving rhinology and allergy is run by Dr Tom Kuruvilla and Dr Jessica Tattersall.
Dr Jessica Tattersall is an allergist and medical rhinologist. She graduated from the University of Sydney with honours in 2003. After starting out training in otolaryngology, she went on to pursue a career in allergy. Jessica is a fellow of the RACGP and holds a graduate diploma in allergic diseases from the University of Western Sydney. During her training, she worked as a clinical research fellow at the John Radcliff Hospital in the Department of Otolaryngology in Oxford. She has a special interest in allergic, non-allergic and inflammatory diseases of the airway and sinuses and is actively involved in research and education in this area. Jessica is a member of the Australasian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Australian and New Zealand rhinological Society, and the American rhinological Society.
The lack of a public or private service for airway based allergy in Christchurch inspired us to begin this service in 2016. Allergy is a complex multifactorial chronic disease that may severely impact quality of life. It requires a thorough history, investigations which may include skin prick testing, and a comprehensive management plan. We have had great support from our local ENT and respiratory colleagues with patient referrals thus far.
What to expect from the first appointment:
Initial consult, endoscopy and skin prick testing: $495
Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT): approximately $800-$1200 per year for three years. Cost depends on the type and amount of immunotherapy required. Some people need longer treatment to develop tolerance.
Currently we run these clinics Thursday and Friday on a monthly basis.
The new service is running out of my rooms here at Level 2, Forte 2.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT):
Although the benefits of immunotherapy may be experienced as early as 8 weeks, treatment continues for a minimum of 3 years. The allergy sufferer develops tolerance over time and symptoms will be significantly reduced or disappear entirely. Sublingual immunotherapy is easy to use, taken by the patient daily at home and requires no needles. Allergen immunotherapy may slow or halt the “allergic march” and the progression of symptoms. It may also benefit in reducing the risk of coexisting -disease states such as chronic sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, and aids in avoiding the reliance on nasal steroids and antihistamines for symptom control.
We look forward to being of service to you and your patients.