Child and Adolescent Obesity Service
CHI at Temple Street,
Location in hospital
Outpatient Department of CHI at Temple Street, ground floor.
The W82GO Child and Adolescent Obesity Service was established in 2005 in response to the increasing health problems associated with paediatric obesity. At that time it was call the Streetwise Programme. W82GO is family based and is delivered by a multidisciplinary team comprised of health professionals from paediatric dietetics, paediatric physiotherapy, paediatric clinical psychology, paediatric medical social work and an administrative support team.
W82GO provides holistic assessment for children and adolescents diagnosed with obesity (BMI>98th centile). The service provides families with health, nutrition, self-esteem, family communication and activity guidance along with support in a safe environment so that families can achieve the healthiest lifestyle possible for them. Treatment is delivered via a group-based evening programme (17.30-19.30 pm) or in one-to-one outpatient sessions during normal working hours (08.30-16.30).
Who is on our team?
Dr. Grace O Malley Clinical lead and Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Dr. Norah Jordan, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Lucinda Case Senior Physiotherapist and representatives from dietetics and medical social work. Administrative duties are led by Lois McCrea and Sarah Delaney.
We offer obesity assessment and management for children, teenagers and their families through education and goal setting to move towards a healthy lifestyle, with input from clinicians from the following specialities;
Physiotherapy- we focus on assessing physical fitness levels and improving health through therapeutic exercise, reducing barriers to physical activity and increasing physical activity levels.
Dietetics- we focus on improving health by changes to what participants eat, the type of food, the portion size, the way they eat and other dietary factors.
Psychology- we focus on improving health by encouraging and teaching families how to make changes to lifestyle habits, routines and behaviour. We support families in making positive changes.
We provide support through individual or group treatments
Referrals are accepted from any consultant working in Children’s Health Ireland. Referral forms are on the W82GO.ie website. For general practitioners who are interested in referring children to our service they should first refer the child to a general paediatrician based in CHI.
What to expect at your outpatient appointment
Your child’s doctor has referred your child to the W82GO service as he/she was concerned about your child’s weight. The W82GO team includes a dietician, a physiotherapist, and a psychologist. The first step for your child is to attend a team assessment.
At this first appointment, the team will ask you questions and measure your child (height, weight, blood pressure) in order to see whether or how your child’s weight is affecting his/her health. Together we will develop a plan of how we might support you and your child to make healthy changes. The assessment appointment will take between 60 and 90 minutes and it takes place on the ground floor of the outpatients department. When you arrive, please check in at the outpatient reception desk.
It will be necessary for at least one parent/guardian to accompany your child to this appointment. Your child should wear comfortable clothing (e.g. tracksuit) and runners.
At the appointment, your child will:
- Have their growth measured (height, weight and waist circumference). This is done in a sensitive manner.
- The Dietitian will check whether your child is getting the right nutrients for healthy growth. She will ask you about what types of food your child eats and how much they eat and drink each day.
- The Physiotherapist will check your child’s activity levels, will measure how fit they are and will check whether your child has any barriers to moving and playing (e.g. pain or breathlessness).
- The Psychologist will talk to you about things that might be making it difficult to make healthy changes (e.g. stress, difficulties with behaviour, or fussy eating habits). The Psychologist will also talk to you about how your child is getting on with other children and whether you have any concerns about their confidence and self-esteem.
Useful links and resources
Do you offer work shadowing or clinical placement?
We offer health professionals an opportunity to shadow our clinics and our evening group sessions to provide insight into how our obesity management service works with patients and their families.
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