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The Nutrition and Dietetics service is a team of paediatric dietitians working closely with clinicians in all medical and surgical specialties across Alder Hey, advising on therapeutic diets or nutritional support for our inpatients.
When a child or young person is referred to us we will:
We also attend multidisciplinary clinics with specialist teams and run busy dietetic-led outpatient clinics for children and young people. We accept referrals from Alder Hey Consultants and other health care professionals.
Our team is made up of 23 paediatric dietitians, a dietetic assistant and administration support based in Alder Hey hospital. The specialist dietitians work in clinical areas such as;
Inherited Metabolic Disorders, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Cardiology, Surgery, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU/HDU), Ketogenics, Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer, Diabetes, Eating Disorders and Food Allergy.
We work closely with all members of the multidisciplinary team in order to provide holistic care for our children/young people.
We also work with our team of 6 Special Feeds Unit (SFU) staff who are a dedicated team and prepare specialist infant feeds and enteral feeds on a daily basis for our inpatients.
The special feeds unit (SFU) is an integral part of the dietetic department, responsible for the safe preparation of specialised infant formulas and enteral feeds to exacting standards of accuracy, under stringent safety and hygiene conditions which meet the requirements of the Food Standards Act 1999.
The SFU should only be used for the preparation of specialised infant formulas and enteral feeds.
Sterile, ready to feed infant formulae are provided on the wards for children.
Requests for special infant formulae and enteral feeds should be ordered through the order entry section on Meditech.
The Special Feeds Unit (SFU) is open 365 days a year on extension 2266.
Our core opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm.
Tel: 0151 252 5231
Location and facilities
The hospital dietetic department is located on Level 3, outside Ward 3C in the main hospital building.
The Special Feeds Unit is on Level 4 of the main hospital building.
Referrals are accepted from Alder Hey hospital consultants and other Alder Hey health care professionals
We accept referrals for children/young people under the care of an Alder Hey Consultant.
In patients and out patients can be referred into the service by letter or Meditech.
Please include the following information in the referral;
We do not accept referrals for common childhood nutritional problems as these are more correctly dealt with by the community dietetic team. These include iron deficiency, obesity and constipation.
We do not accept referrals from GP’s, these referrals should be made to the community dietetic service.
British Dietetic Association
Congenital Heart Disease
Artificial Nutrition Support
Inherited Metabolic Diseases
Alder Hey Children's Charity