Dietitian Clinic: General Paediatrics

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

There are only two clinics run by RHH Paediatric Dietitians each week, so appointments are limited to those referred through Paediatricians.

All referrals should comply to referral standards and include in particular:

  • Known food allergies and intolerances
  • Three day diet history (please ask the child's parents to keep a three day food record and take it with them when they see the dietitian. This saves a lot of time.)
  • Growth or weight history

Tests

Results of any tests appropriate for the referral type are helpful – such as allergy testing, gut function, bowel issues, renal dysfunction, general biochemistry etc.

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Nutrition and Dietetics clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

  • Encourage adequate intake and avoid over-restriction unless indicated
  • Avoidance of dairy products in the presence of diarrhoea should only be temporary unless a clear allergy or intolerance is diagnosed

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Infant failure to grow
Infant allergy
Metabolic disorders

Semi-urgent / category 2

Problems with PEG feeds
Infant intolerance
Infant diarrhoea and gut dysfunction

Routine / category 3

Paediatric cancers
Cystic Fibrosis
Newly diagnosed diabetes

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

GPs are encouraged to refer patients to private dietitians or through THS Paediatricians.

Please note: due to our very limited services and current staffing levels we are unable to see patients for general healthy eating or overweight/obesity management. Please refer these patients to private dietitians.

Emergency:

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED
– Phone: (03) 6478 5120 Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED
– Phone: (03) 6493 6340 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED
– Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6173 0489

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Next available appointment