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Dietetics

Our children’s dietitians are trained to give support and advice to help prevent and treat nutrition-related diseases in children and young people aged 0-19 years.

We provide nutritional advice and expertise to children, young people and their families so they can manage their conditions, which can include faltering growth, allergies and intolerances, coeliac disease or those who require tube feeding.

The dietetics team will review the information in your referral and then either send you an appointment by post, or send you a letter asking you to contact the team administrator to book an appointment. Once your appointment has been booked we may provide you with a food and drink diary. If so, please complete this and bring it with you to the appointment, along with your child’s ‘red book’ (Personal Health Record).

Your initial appointment will last around 30 minutes to an hour during which the dietitian will complete an assessment and provide advice based on your child’s condition. They may also weigh and measure your child.

The dietitian may want to review progress following this initial assessment and will agree how this will take place with you at the end of your appointment. They will send a report to your GP or other referrer, as well as a copy to you.

In some instances we will offer group education sessions in place of one-to-one assessments / reviews in clinic.

Should your child reach his / her goals or you feel able to manage on your own, no further follow-up will be arranged and you will be discharged from the service. We will notify your referrer and GP of this.

If you have any queries, questions and / or need more information regarding any of our services, please contact us through the One Stop Referral Service on 0300 222 5755. They can help guide you through the progress of referrals, signpost to local and condition-specific support services, and answer questions about our services.

How to access the service

Children can be referred by their health visitor, GP, therapist, early years service, hospital paediatrician, paediatric audiologist, CAMHS or other agencies.

Dietetics referral routes depend on where you live in Surrey.

Mid Surrey (families living in the boroughs of Banstead, Dorking, East Elmbridge, Epsom, Ewell, Leatherhead and Tattenham) referrals are made through the One Stop Referral Service.

For east and west Surrey, please contact the teams directly using the information in the 'Teams and contact details' section below.

Teams and contact details

Mid Surrey team 

For families living in the boroughs of Banstead, Dorking, East Elmbridge, Epsom, Ewell, Leatherhead and Tattenham: Tel. 01372 730 040 or contact the One Stop Referral Service.

East Surrey team 

For families living in the boroughs of Redhill, Reigate, Merstham, Horley, Oxted, Caterham and Lingfield: Tel. 01293 600  314 or email firstdietitians@nhs.net.

West Surrey team 

For families living in the boroughs of Woking,  Runnymede, Spelthorne, West Elmbridge: Tel. 01932 872 000 or email asp-tr.paedsnutrition@nhs.net.

For families living in Guildford and Waverley: Royal Surrey County Hospital, Tel. 01483 571 122 (ext 3261 or ext 3229 ) or email rsch.paediatricdietitians@nhs.net

For families living in Farnham and Surrey Heath: Frimley Park Hospital, Tel. 01276 604053 or email fhft.paediatricdietitansfph@nhs.net (for referrals) and fhft.fph.dietetic-referrals@nhs.net.

For further information

  • To follow up a referral
    • For example, for developmental paediatrics or therapy services. Contact the One Stop referral centre (tel: 0300 222 5755, Option 2)
  • For advice or questions about your child's health and two year development checks
  • Referrals for ASD, ADHD or another neurological/developmental condition
  • Access to mental health services
    • Your GP needs to refer your child via CAMHS
  • Hearing concerns
  • Concerns or complaints about a Children and Family  Health Surrey service

If your query is not covered by the routes above, please use the form below to contact us.  Your query will be passed to the relevant team who will aim to respond within seven working days.