Head of Department
Anne Clark, Dietitian Manager
We provide 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 in Temple Street:
- Critical Care
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Diabetes & Endocrinology
- General Paediatrics
- National Centre for Inherited Metabolic Disorders
- Nephrology and Renal Transplantation
- Neurology, including Ketogenic Diet Therapy and Narcolepsy
Names of current team members
Marianne O Reilly, Lorraine Heffernan, Eimear Forbes, Orlaigh Gill, Amy Craddock, Valerie Kelly, Jennifer Byrne, Maeve Muldoon, Sorcha Galvin, Niamh Landy, Kizzy Moroney, Cathy Monaghan, Anthony Farrell, Niamh Kelly
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
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.
We are also involved in education of other healthcare professionals, audit and research, and the provision of undergraduate and postgraduate student clinical placements.
Access: referral process
We provide inpatient and outpatient dietetic services to patients under the care of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital consultant paediatricians. 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.
What to expect at your outpatient appointment:
Useful links and resources
The following resources have been produced by dietitians in CHI at Temple Street:
- PEG Tube Feeding Information for Parents
- Constipation Information Leaflet
- Iron Deficiency Anaemia Information Leaflet
- Calcium and Vitamin D
Do you offer work shadowing or clinical placement?
We are unable to accommodate requests for transition year work experience programmes.
A limited number of opportunities are available at our work shadowing day which is held 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 the department managers.
Marianne O Reilly, Hospital team Manager, 8am-5pm
CHI at Temple Street Special Feeds Unit
Our Special Feeds Unit (SFU) looks after storing, preparing & delivering prescribed feeds (x 400 daily) to infants with special dietary needs. Please see GS1 Ireland video here showing how we manage tracking & traceability of special feeds to improve patient safety