The Children’s Dietetic Team specialise in assessing a child’s nutritional requirements, food intake and growth both in times of health and disease.
We make sure all advice is tailored specifically to each child, based on age, treatment and medical condition. We see children in hospital, on the neonatal unit and children’s inpatient ward as well as running our own outpatient clinics and seeing other children at specialist clinic appointments. All dietitians at the Trust are registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) that sets standards for the training, behaviour, and quality of care provided by healthcare professionals.
Most outpatient clinics are held at Lewisham Hospital.These are based on the ground floor of the Kingfisher Building, which is located in the Pink Zone.
We do have 1 clinic a month based at Kaleidoscope.
If you want to check an appointment or change a date you will need to contact the Nutrition and Dietetic Department’s administrator directly on:
T: 020 8333 3314
Who is the service for?
We see children and young people from birth to 16 years.
What conditions are treated?
Our specialist children’s dietitians work with children and families to manage medical conditions in under 16’s. They can help with a range of conditions including:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Faltering growth (failure to thrive)
- Fussy eating and feeding difficulties
- Children with complex needs
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies e.g. iron deficiency
- Weaning advice & Vegan / vegetarian weaning
The Trust also provides home enteral nutrition through the Paediatric HEN Team.
What services are offered?
We see all children referred from the Neonatal and Children’s Inpatient Ward for nutrition assessment and treatment, and have a weekly multidisciplinary nutrition ward round where children are reviewed.
Our own general clinics run on a Monday morning and we have weekly specialist multidisciplinary clinics for cystic fibrosis, diabetes, allergy and gastroenterology on different days of the week. We also have a monthly clinic at Kaleidoscope for children with complex needs.
Home visits can be provided for children with cystic fibrosis and diabetes. For children with cystic fibrosis we also offer cooking sessions in our demonstration kitchen for those families needing ideas for high calorie recipes.
How can you get a referral?
Patients can be referred by their general practitioner (GP) or hospital doctor.
Why choose the Children’s Dietetics Service?
- We are an experienced well established team.
- We provide up to date evidence based dietary advice.
- We work very closely with the medical team aiming to see children where possible in multidisciplinary clinics.
- The team is skilled at working with the local population in Lewisham. Many of our dietitians have a longstanding relationship with the area and are able to give dietary advice which includes foods eaten by the different cultures within the borough.