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Nutrition and Dietetics - Children and young people

What you can expect

Your initial appointment will last approximately forty five minutes. In most instances the dietitian will ask you relevant medical questions about the child's health and symptoms, and discuss lifestyle and normal eating and drinking habits.

The child's weight and height measurements may be taken, and it is worthwhile to record what the child eats and drinks for three to four days prior to your appointment.

The Dietitian will use this information to discuss appropriate dietary changes and agree goals. Verbal advice will be backed up with written information where required.

How it works

You are referred to the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics by an acceptable referrer (See How am I referred?).  Once your referral is processed, you will be offered an out-patient or GP clinic appointed.  Your dietitian will discuss and agree how many sessions and how frequently you will be supported on your weight management journey.

Who can access this service?

To access this service, you will need to have a:

How am I referred?

You can be referred by a medical practitioner, nurse, midwife or allied health professional.  Allied health professionals include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrist and speech and language therapists.

How do I find out more information?

You are encouraged to contact your GP surgery in the first instance.

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