Allergy Clinical Services

New Patient Appointments: Reminders

  1. Payment is due at the time of the visit
  2. Insurance: if you are insured by a managed care plan, a referral is necessary for your visit to an Allery physician. Your referral should specify the visit type and whether any testing or laboratory work (skin testing, spirometry, X-rays, blood tests) can be done at the time.
  3. No antihistamines (allergy or cold medicines) should be taken for three days (72 hours) prior to the visit. See our listing of antihistamines to avoid, or print our antihistamine pdf for easy reference.
  4. Please print out and complete the New Allergy and Asthma Patient Questionnaire and bring it with you on the day of your child's appointment. You may also want to print out our Introduction to Allergy Services document.
  5. Please give us your referring and/or primary physician(s) name(s), address(es) and telephone number(s) so that we may communicate with your child's other doctors.
  6. Bring old records, previous laboratory results and X-ray films, if appropriate.
  7. Bring all medications, including spacer devices, currently in use.
  8. A parent or legal guardian should accompany the child to provide an accurate history, consent and support for the child. If the child will be brought to her appointment by someone other than a parent or legal guardian, a letter of authorization (written permission) must accompany the child. The written permission must have the name of the patient and the name of the designated adult and include a statement that there is no court order pending. It must be witnessed by two other adults (other than those already named on the written permission form).
  9. Prepare for a thorough evaluation! Your child's first visit will include time for a history and physical examination, selected tests and procedures (e.g., allergy skin tests or breathing tests in our office), discussion of your child's diagnosis, an outline of the treatment strategy and some educational materials. You may bring some of your child's favorite toys and books.
  10. We may need to plan a second visit to complete your child's evaluation and our educational plan for care.
  11. Questions? Do not hesitate to call us at 215-590-2549 before your child's appointment so that we can try to make your child's visit a success.

Reviewed by: Allergy Section
Date: May 2004

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