Frequently Asked Questions

An appointment is required for all tests.

This is dependent on the tests you are booked to have. You could be at the laboratory for 10 minutes or up to 45 minutes. Check with reception when making the appointment.

A Doctors referral is only required for infectious disease testing. It is not required for functional tests, incl. Food Intolerance testing..

In routine pathology testing we test for the presence of disease. Therefore the majority of tests use “normal range” to indicate acceptable levels or “absence of disease”. In contrast, with many of our tests, we expect that a patient should show perfect health, or at least aspire to that. These subtle changes may not indicate disease, but usually it is found that when problems are corrected, patient health and well-being improves.

All laboratory staff are trained in routine pathology and hold qualifications commensurate with this. We have PHDs, Technical Officers and Scientific Officers present in the laboratory.

No, We are a private pathology testing facility, and our tests are unique.

Files are kept for a 5 year period. We would appreciate being informed if you have ever had tests with us before.

Town Hall. We are on the corner of Pitt and Liverpool Street.

Allergy is a specific response which involves the immune system and generally does not lessen throughout a person’s life. In fact, an allergic response may increase with each exposure. Sensitivity to foods stimulates an undesirable reaction. Sensitivity to foods can be eradicated or lessened by avoiding or reducing contact with suspect foods. Check your results for suspect foods where you have a positive reaction mark. Conversely a person may develop a sensitivity to a particular food through over-exposure to them.

Other Questions

For maximum benefit, avoid all positive foods for 8 weeks. Following this elimination, if desired, you may re-introduce reactive foods cautiously and monitor any response carefully. If symptoms appear or reactions persist, discontinue intake and consult professional advice.

Wheat is the whole grain. Wheat gluten is the protein found within the wheat, it is also found in rye, barley, triticale and oats. The forms of wheat include: durum, semolina, spelt and kamut which are related grain hybrids. (corn, and rice are also members of the grass family.

Wheat consists of many different components. Wheat gluten is only one of these components, which is highly allergenic on its own.

Baker’s Yeast and Brewer’s Yeast are slightly different types of yeast. Brewer’s Yeast is more nutrient dense and contains more B vitamins and minerals such as chromium and selenium which are not found in Baker’s Yeast.

Cheddar is a hard cheese. If you are sensitive to cheddar, you may be sensitive to all hard cheeses. Ricotta and Fetta (sheep or goats milk) may be tolerated. Eat small portions only of suspect foods. Reactions can be to between 1 and 5 different milk proteins within cheese. Sheep or goat milk cheeses may be tolerated.

This tests sensitivity to cane sugar, however if you are sensitive to cane sugar, you may also be sensitive to other sugars including fruit sugar.

Often a cheese sensitivity may be a reaction to moulds and ferments rather than a milk reaction.

This would usually indicate a mild reaction where the reaction is not strong enough when yolk is mixed with egg white.

All food sources should be checked ie. read labels. Chinese food, some chocolates and some thick shakes often have pork as an ingredient. Total non-exposure should not give a +ve (positive) reaction.

Salicylates are a family of plant chemicals found in many foods. These include some fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs & spices, jams, beverages such as tea and coffee, juices, beer & wine, flavourings and medications. Many foods are naturally high in salicylates such as apples and strawberries. Foods high in salicylates also consist of many other components. The compound salicylates however are a common source of intolerance or sensitivity.

When steroids are used long term it is not expected that a patient should cease treatment. Rather, even slight reactions to foods should be avoided.

Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down the milk sugar known as lactose. Lactose intolerance is usually due to a deficiency of the enzyme lactase.

Yes it may minimize the strength of the reaction.

Lactose is contained in milk and other dairy products.

There is no difference in cost if referred by a Medical Practitioner or a Health Professional..

No. Our tests are not intended to be diagnostic; the tests are designed to assist you with information about your health status and to look for subtle changes that may contribute to ill health.

Copies of results are posted out within a few days depending on the tests requested and as per instruction on the referral form. (If applicable)