Parents are parking near hospitals and GP practices before giving their children food to test for a serious allergic reaction.

Allergy NZ says it gets phone calls from parents who have carried out "food challenges" on their children in hospital carparks, because of growing wait lists with specialists. And the situation is particularly bad in the regions.

Families have told the Weekend Herald of GPs advising the best option is to test foods on their children when near a hospital.

But Allergy NZ chief executive Mark Dixon said doing so could feel like "Russian roulette" to parents with kids who

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