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Children's Nutrition Services


There are many reasons why an appointment with a community paediatric dietitian may be necessary. Below is a list of some of the reasons why your child may be referred to see a dietitian in a clinic:

  • Food allergy or intolerance
  • Low weight or poor nutrition
  • Severely restricted food intake
  • Difficulties with eating
  • Tube feeding

Most children are referred to see a community paediatric dietitian by their nurse or doctor; however any health professional your child sees may make the referral, with your permission. We are also developing a new service for parents/carers to self-refer in some instances. In the meantime, if you would like an appointment with a community paediatric dietitian for your child but don’t know how, please  contact us.

Please click here to download the referral form

Please click here to download the referral criteria

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What to expect at your appointment

The first appointment will last around 30 minutes and we will spend that time agreeing how best we can help you and your child. If necessary we can then see you again so that we can help you to achieve set goals/follow a treatment plan. Some children seen by the service may also be offered regular, longer-term care. After your first appointment we will send a letter to your GP and the person who referred you. The next time we write to your referrer is usually when you have been discharged, although sometimes we will inform them of how things are going in between.

What to do if you can’t make it

Every month, between 15 and 30 hours of clinic time are wasted when patients don’t come for their appointment, and don’t let us know in advance. If you can let us know as soon as possible when you can’t make it, we may be able to use your slot for another patient. This also helps to keep our waiting times low, as unused clinic slots mean everyone else has to wait longer for an appointment.

Being discharged

Being discharged means that you are no longer a patient under the care of the Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service. There are a number of occasions when you will be discharged and it does not always mean we will not see you again. For example, if you do not respond to our letter inviting you to call and choose when and where you would like your first appointment we will discharge you. If you miss an appointment without letting us know or if you have completed your treatment with us, we will discharge you. Once discharged you may be able to re-refer yourself. If in doubt please contact us and we can advise.

Where our clinics take place

We hold children’s clinics in a variety of places across Birmingham including local health centres, Child Development Centres and Special Schools. When you receive an appointment letter it will include full details of the clinic you have been offered, and will often include a map. All our clinics are fully accessible. If your letter did not include a map, please contact us to request one.