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Department of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics (HP)

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Department of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Temple Street
Dublin 1
Tel.: (01) 878 4442 – department secretary is available between 9.00am–2.00pm Monday to Friday.

To contact dietitians in the National Centre for Inherited Metabolic Disorders, telephone (01) 8784317 and press ‘2’ to leave a voicemail or email ei.hu1493035074c@sna1493035074itite1493035074id.ci1493035074lobat1493035074em1493035074

Head of Department

Claire Browne, Dietitian Manager In Charge III

ei.hu1493035074c@enw1493035074orb.e1493035074rialc1493035074

About us

The Department of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics provides interventions for children and their families where there are identified nutritional issues or specific conditions that may require dietary advice or nutrition support.

Dietitians work in the following clinical areas:

  • Critical Care
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • General Paediatrics
  • National Centre for Inherited Metabolic Disorders
  • Nephrology and Renal Transplantation
  • Neurology, including Ketogenic Diet Therapy and Narcolepsy
  • Surgery
  • Paediatric Weight Management (W82GO! Programme)

We provide inpatient and outpatient dietetic services to patients under the care of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital consultant paediatricians.  We work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team (including doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and speech and language therapists) as well as with catering and the special feeds unit.

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What does the dietitian do?

Dietitians are trained in the provision of nutrition support including enteral tube feeding and parenteral nutrition, as well as the provision of therapeutic dietary advice in the management of a range of conditions.  Specific indications for referral to a dietitian include poor growth or nutritional intake, increased nutritional requirements, swallowing difficulties, food allergies, chronic conditions requiring therapeutic dietary advice, inherited metabolic disorders and overweight / obesity.

When a child is referred to us, we will:

  • Assess growth and nutritional requirements
  • Take a detailed history
  • Determine if therapeutic dietary advice or nutrition support is required
  • Formulate a nutrition care plan to meet requirements for growth and development, and translate this into practical information for parents / carers

Unfortunately we are unable to accept referrals from GPs or area medical officers, however there may be a community nutrition and dietetic service available locally.

Further information about our outpatient service is available here

We are also involved in education of other healthcare professionals, audit and research, and the provision of undergraduate student clinical placements for students from TCD / DIT as part of the BSc(Hons) in Human Nutrition & Dietetics.

Information and resources

The following resources have been produced by dietitians in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital:

News

Useful links


Work Experience / Work ShadowingThe Department of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics is unable to accommodate requests for transition year work experience programmes.  A limited number of opportunities are available for work shadowing, which takes place between February – May each year.  Priority for work shadowing is given to those applying to study dietetics at postgraduate level.  Requests should be submitted via email to Claire Browne, Dietitian Manager, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital at ei.hu1493035074c@enw1493035074orb.e1493035074rialc1493035074.  Please note that between August and November we do not accept requests for work shadowing while undergraduate clinical placements are taking place.

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