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Waitemata DHB Dietetics - Adult Inpatients & Outpatient Clinics

Public Service


8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.


What is a Dietitian?

Dietitians are registered health professionals who are experts in food and nutrition. They apply scientific knowledge to help improve the overall health and wellbeing of individuals.

Waitemata DHB dietitians are part of a multidisciplinary team and work with adults and children, alongside their family/ whanau/ caregivers, who require nutrition input related to medical and surgical treatments and/ or management of chronic conditions.


What will the Dietitian do?

The dietitian will fully assess a patient’s nutritional needs and make specific recommendations as part of the patient’s treatment plan. The dietitian will work with the patient to achieve their goals and offer nutrition education and follow up care as required.


Adult Inpatient Services

Inpatient dietitians see people who require nutrition input while they are admitted to North Shore and Waitakere hospitals or the Mason Clinic. There are a number of reasons a person may be referred to the dietitian including chronic wounds, unintentional weight loss, tube feeding, liver failure and gastrointestinal surgery.


Adult Outpatient Services

Some people require ongoing monitoring and nutrition input either in the community or after they are discharged from hospital. One or more clinic appointments with the dietitian may be appropriate. A variety of clinics are offered, including the following specialist areas: weight management, bariatric surgery (for weight loss), general surgery, gastro, diabetes and renal. Clinics are available at North Shore and Waitakere hospitals, and Hibiscus Coast Community Centre.


Your GP can refer you to a dietetic outpatient clinic for advice about the following:

  • Malnutrition or high risk of malnutrition
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Weight management
  • Maternity
  • Diabetes.


Renal Outpatient Clinic – Please note: GP Referrals are not accepted to this service

If a person has kidney disease they may be referred to a renal dietitian who works as part of the Renal Team. The person will be seen in an outpatient clinic or on the haemodialysis unit at North Shore or Waitakere hospitals.  We aim to link our clinic appointments with the renal doctors when able. People will also be followed up routinely on peritoneal dialysis.

Food can play an important role in keeping healthy when you have kidney disease.  There is not one renal diet for everyone. The dietitian will assess the person's needs and provide them with specific information as required. 


Note: For further information about:

  • Waitemata DHB Dietetic - Adult Community Services please click here
  • Waitemata DHB Dietetics - Paediatric Services, please click here


8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Referral Expectations

Adult Inpatient Services

Referrals can come from a nurse, doctor or allied health Waitemata DHB staff member. Referrals are prioritised and responded to according to our guidelines. The dietitian will aim to acknowledge referrals within 24 hours of receipt.


Outpatient Clinics

Your GP can refer you to a dietetic outpatient clinic for advice about the following:

  • Malnutrition or high risk of malnutrition
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Weight management
  • Maternity
  • Diabetes: All people with Type 1 diabetes, and some people with Type 2 and gestational diabetes, may see a diabetes dietitian for specialised advice.  People with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes are able to be seen by the Diabetes Service.   Please refer to the Diabetes Referral process on Healthpoint for further information click here


We do not accept GP referrals for the following health conditions:

  • Eating disorders – refer to Auckland Regional Eating disorder service click here
  • Palliative care patients who are end-stage
  • Obesity with no associated medical conditions


Renal Outpatient Clinics

Referrals are accepted from all health professionals within Waitemata DHB, and doctors and dietitians from other DHBs. GP referrals are not accepted to this service.

The patient must give their consent to attend an outpatient clinic for follow-up. If you require a translator, please request this in advance of your appointment date. Referrals are only accepted for people who are under the care of the renal doctors. If a person is not under their care they first need to be referred to the renal doctors.


Charges will apply for outpatient appointments with the dietitian if the patient does not have NZ citizenship, as per Waitemata DHB protocol.


Parking is available on both North Shore and Waitakere Hospital sites for any dietitian clinic appointments. Please follow the weblinks below for further details.

North Shore Hospital:

Waitakere Hospital:

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 3:05PM on August 6, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitemata DHB Dietetics - Adult Inpatients & Outpatient Clinics.