Allergy Testing

Comprehensive allergy testing is available at The Orange Grove Clinic with our nutritional therapist, Catherine Jeans DipION mBANT CNHC.  Catherine can provide you with the most appropriate allergy test, help you to interpret the results and work with you to create a plan to support the removal of allergens, better digestive health and optimal wellbeing.

Allergy testing The Orange Grove Clinic in NorwichHow does a food allergy test work?

There are many symptoms you may be experiencing if you have a food allergy or intolerance.  These may include:

  • headaches
  • Stomach cramps, wind, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation
  • Eczema or asthma
  • Runny nose, sinus problems
  • Low energy, sluggishness

Catherine Jeans works with a reputable private laboratory in London, Genova Diagnostics, to provide reliable and comprehensive food allergy testing using a full blood draw into the test kits provided.   All samples for allergy testing undergo stringent and highly controlled laboratory analysis.

There are a number of different options available to you in terms of testing, ranging from a single allergen to the most comprehensive food allergy and intolerance test.   Catherine advises that if you suspect you have a food allergy or intolerance, finding out which you have is a key first step, as food intolerances can be rectified and those foods reintroduced.  If you have an allergy, those foods or allergens need to be avoided for life.

How to arrange a food allergy test?

If you suspect you may have an allergy or food intolerance, first you will need to discuss with Catherine the most appropriate test for you.  Please arrange a free 10 minute phone consultation with Catherine via our reception team first.  Catherine will discuss your particular health needs and concerns and ascertain whether an allergy test is appropriate.  It may be that a food elimination diet or other dietary recommendations are more appropriate and Catherine can support you with this too.

Once you have agreed with Catherine the most appropriate allergy test for you, she will arrange a test kit to be sent to you.  The results are usually received within about 2 weeks and these will be sent to Catherine to discuss with you at your first appointment.

It is vital that you have an appointment to discuss the results, as professional advise is essential before you eliminate any food groups from your diet to make sure you do this effectively and for the correct amount of time.  Catherine will also make recommendations on how to support your gut integrity so that over time you can reintroduce foods that you have an intolerance to.  She will also work with you to ensure you don’t become nutrient deficient due to excluding foods.

How much does a food allergy test cost?

The Comprehensive Food Allergy and Intolerance test costs £324 (includes the courier of samples to laboratory), plus £70 for your consultation with Catherine Jeans:  Total Price £394.  Your GP surgery may also charge you a small fee to draw your blood into the test kit provided.

Please note that supplements may be recommended to support your programme and these are additional.  They are not essential and will be discussed in full with you.

To arrange your initial phone consultation for food allergy testing with Catherine Jeans, please call our reception team on 01603 631900, email us at reception@theorangegroveclinic.co.uk or go to our contact page.