Identify your allergies with a patch test

This is a simple method of skin allergy testing to define what might be causing irritation to the skin.

How does patch testing work?

The allergens that are applied to you during a patch test could include nickel, latex, perfumes, medicines and hair dye. You may also be able to bring in toiletries or detergents that you regularly use at home to see if these cause an allergic reaction. A patch test can also detect what might be making existing skin conditions, such as eczema, worse.

What happens during a skin allergy test?

Three appointments are usually needed for patch testing. First, a consultation to determine what may be causing your skin to react.

At the second appointment, Pall Mall Medical’s skin experts will mix the substances which could potentially cause an allergic reaction to your skin with a base material. These will then be applied to your skin, usually on the back, with adhesives. This takes a couple of hours and the patches are usually left on the skin for around two days.

You then return to the doctor to have any reactions to the allergens analysed.



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How can I book a consultation?

You can book a consultation with one of our leading dermatologists without a referral from your GP or the NHS. Simply call our booking team on 0161 394 0314 or complete the enquiry form on this page and request a face-to-face, telephone or video consultation. We don't have any waiting lists and offer flexible appointment times and extended opening hours, including weekend appointments and evening appointments after school/work hours.

"I’ve come to Pall Mall for a number of years now. I love how accessible their GP’s are. We’ve booked a dermatology appointment without needing any NHS referral too. It was so good as the NHS waiting list for allergies was over 9 months and with my son being 1yr old, I couldn’t wait!!! I’ve since come back to have a hay fever Kenalog Injection which saved my life this year with the hot weather - when it was near impossible to leave the house without my eyes streaming and nose, throat and head all irritated. Absolutely great experience and friendly staff no matter what service I’ve needed.” Tom, Pall Mall patient


How much does a private patching test cost?

Patching Test

  • Requires 3 visits

*Any clinical services taken during the appointment will incurr additional fee's including testing, referral letters and prescriptions.

Private dermatology consultation finance

We work with all the major private medical insurance providers. This means you may be able to cover the cost of this service by using your medical insurance policy.  You should always contact your insurer before booking an appointment. Your insurer will check that your policy covers this service at Pall Mall Medical and they can pre-authorise your treatment. You'll need to provide us with your insurer details and pre-authorisation code when you get in touch.


Why Choose Pall Mall?

  • We’re a family-run private healthcare provider focussed on delivering healthcare services that meet patients’ needs and help them to thrive and live longer, healthier, happier lives.

  • We have no waiting lists at our clinics and we can usually book you in for a same-day appointment. We’re also open late nights and at weekends, so you can book an appointment at a time to suit you.

  • We offer a range of medical finance options on over 70 services. This means you can spread the costs over months and even years if you need to.

  • We have three clinics located in the heart of the North West – Liverpool and Manchester city centre and Newton-le-Willows. Our privately-owned hospital is also located at our Newton-Le-Willows site.

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Our consultants

Dr Abba Alkali

Dr Abba Alkali

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Dr Elizabeth West

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Dr Vikram Rajkomar

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Dr Lucy Stewart

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