Paediatric Dietetics

Paediatric dietitians specialise in the nutritional care of infants, children and adolescents in both hospital and the community. Paediatric dietitians manage the complexities of disease into practical and understandable dietary treatment for patients and families to follow on a day to day basis.

Dietitians specialise in a wide range of areas including:

  • Allergic disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Gastroenterology
  • Inherited metabolic disorders
  • Renal

How to Access the Service:

Dietetics accepts Inpatient referrals from:

  1. Medical staff across specialities within the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (children’s hospital)
  2. Senior Medical Staff within neonatal unit in Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital

The Dietetics service also links with relevant local teams across Northern Ireland to ensure effective transfer of care.

Location of Service:

Dietetic staff are based in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

The Dietetic Department can be contacted Monday to Friday on 02890633499 or 02890634797.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will a dietitian outpatient appointment last for in the children’s hospital?

Approximately ½ hour depending on your children condition. You should allow longer for your initial appointment to discuss the findings of the assessment.

How long will my child need to keep coming to the dietitian as an outpatient at the children’s hospital?

After your initial appointment, the dietitian will discuss treatment goals and programs with you and your child. Some children may only require several appointments. Other with a lifelong condition e.g. inborn errors and cystic fibrosis will need dietetic treatment regularly as they grow and develop.

Can a GP make a referral to dietetic services in the children’s hospital?

No, GP’s referrals should be made to the Belfast HSC community Dietetic team, who may be contacted at 02890631790.