In this section
The following covers recommended pre-referral treatment and investigations for children of all ages presenting with a suspected medication allergy.
Antibiotics are the most common cause of serious
allergic drug reactions in children.
An allergic reaction may involve one or more of the following signs and symptoms.
Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) will typically include multiple organ systems (ie. hives and respiratory symptoms).
The GP at first consultation is in the best position to get the most comprehensive information from parents on the details of an allergic reaction. Please collect and include in your referral as much detail as possible. It is increasingly difficult to collect
this information later.
Please see these guidelines for further information on:
Clinical advice - Page the 'on-call' Consultant or Allergy and Immunology Fellow.
(03) 9345 5522
Department of Allergy and
(03) 9345 5701
(03) 9345 5733
General queries and appointments
(03) 9345 4848 Fax
(03) 9345 6477
appointment rescheduling (Urgent bookings
and for parents)
RCH OPD referral form (word)
Generic parent handout (about RCH pre-referral guidelines)
Victorian Statewide Referral Form (VSRF)
(03) 9345 6180
Rural doctors only
(03) 9345 6789
After hours / Switchboard:
(03) 9345 7007
(03) 9345 5208