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Waitematā DHB Dietetics - Adult Inpatients & Outpatient Clinics

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8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

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What is a Dietitian?

Dietitians are registered health practitioners who evaluate scientific evidence about food and nutrition, and translate it into practical strategies. New Zealand dietitians work in partnership with individuals, whanau, communities and populations, in states of health and disease, to support optimal health and well-being.

Dietitians use their dietetic knowledge, skill and judgement in a variety of contexts, which includes promoting and protecting public health, directing and delivering medical nutrition therapy services, and managing food and health systems.

Waitematā DHB dietitians are part of multidisciplinary teams within Waitematā 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 ask lots of questions to help fully assess a person's nutritional needs in the context of the presenting concern/condition, as well as a holistic overview that includes the person as a whole. They will make specific recommendations as part of the person’s treatment plan. The dietitian will work with the person and their family 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 unintentional weight loss or malnutrition, chronic wounds, tube feeding, liver failure, and gastrointestinal surgery.

 

Adult Outpatient Services

Some people require ongoing 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: gastrointestinal issues, allergies, intolerances, inflammatory bowel disease, malnutrition, general weight management (please note a Health at Every Size approach with behaviour modification for positive relationships with food is offered via group sessions), bariatric surgery (via Surgical Services Bariatric Service for weight loss), general surgery, 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 - please note high BMI referrals will be invited to our Eating for Your Health group sessions
  • Diabetes - these referrals should be directed via the Diabetes Service

 

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:

  • Waitematā DHB Dietetic - Adult Community Services please click here
  • Waitematā DHB Dietetics - Paediatric Services, please click here
  • Waitematā DHB Dietetics - Diabetes ****** To add

Hours

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 Waitematā 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

Referrals are accepted from all health professionals within Waitematā DHB, and doctors and dietitians from other DHBs. Your GP can also 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

Please note that referrals are triaged based on the quality of information included. Detail regarding % weight loss over specific timeframes will enable more appropriate prioritisation for high risk patients. Waiting times may vary - expect to wait at least three - six months for a non-urgent referral.

We do not accept referrals from private specialists - please use a private dietitian 

Nutrition and Dietetic Outpatient Services do not accept 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
  • Anyone requiring diabetes education and management unless attendance at the Eating For Your Health group sessions is the referral reason
  • Paediatrics - please send these referrals to Child Women and Health Services

 

Renal Outpatient Clinics

Referrals are accepted from all health professionals within Waitematā 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

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

Parking

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: http://www.waitematadhb.govt.nz/patients-visitors/finding-your-way/parking/

Waitakere Hospital: http://www.waitematadhb.govt.nz/patients-visitors/finding-your-way/parking/

Contact Details

North Shore Hospital

North Auckland

  • Phone

    (09) 486 8920 / 486 1491 ext 43556 – booking and general enquiries

  • Fax

    (09) 441 8940 ext 43940

  • Website

Clinic appointment confirmation: please leave a message including your NHI. We will not call back but will consider your appointment confirmed. Failure to attend a confirmed appointment may result in discharge.

Other messages will be directed to the appropriate person and responded to as soon as possible within the working week.

Adult Inpatient & Outpatient Services
North Shore Hospital
Shakespeare Road
Takapuna
Auckland 0620

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Adult Inpatient & Outpatient Services
North Shore Hospital
Shakespeare Road
Takapuna
Auckland 0620

Postal Address

Nutrition and Dietetic Services
Private Bag 93-503
Takapuna
Acukland 0740

Waitakere Hospital

West Auckland

  • Phone

    (09) 486 8920 / 486 1491 ext 43556 – booking and general enquiries

  • Fax

    (09) 441 8940 ext 43940

  • Website

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Hibiscus Coast Community Health Centre

North Auckland

  • Phone

    (09) 486 8920 / 486 1491 ext 43556 – booking and general enquiries

  • Fax

    (09) 441 8940 ext 43940

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This page was last updated at 3:04PM on August 5, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Dietetics - Adult Inpatients & Outpatient Clinics.