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Resource Directory, Dietetics and Food Service Department

Overview

The Nutrition & Dietetic Department is responsible for providing a comprehensive dietetic service to patients of the Townsville Hospital, Parklands Nursing Home, Palm Island, North Ward renal satellite unit and surrounding areas of North Queensland (via outreach renal service).  An outreach service is also supplied to Ingham Hospital and Charters Towers including The Charters Towers Hospital, Eventide Nursing Home and Charters Towers Rehabilitation Unit.  Mater Misercordiae Hospital’s Food Service Department contracts services from The Townsville Hospital Nutrition & Dietetics Department.

Contact Details

Nutrition & Dietetic Department

Location: Allied Health, Level 1, A Block, The Townsville Hospital,
100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, QLD 4814
Postal Address: Nutrition & Dietetics Department, IMB1,
PO Box 670, Townsville, QLD 4810
Phone Number: 07 4433 2370
Fax Number:

07 4433 2371

Dietitian Hours:

Monday to Friday 0800 – 1630 hrs
No service available on weekends
For Christmas and Easter 4 day weekends
a dietitian will be on call for one nominated day

Other contact details

Position Phone number Fax number
Dietetic Department Reception 4433 2950 4433 2371
Dietetics Director 4433 2952 4433 2371
Dietetics Deputy Director 4433 2968 4433 2371
Community Dietitians 4433 9500 4433 9501
Older Persons Allied Health Team 4433 8300 -
Renal Dietitian – CKD (North Ward Campus) 0429 632 261 4433 9341
Renal Outreach Dietitian 0408 181 364 4433 9341

Dietetic Services Provided

The Nutrition & Dietetic Department provides service to both inpatients and outpatients. Referrals may be forwarded to community health for services outside the acute setting or for group education.

Examples of appropriate referrals include:

Malnourished or at Risk

  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Poor oral intake
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • TPN – total parental nutrition
  • Risk of pressure areas and ulcers
  • Hypermetabolism
  • Long term texture/fluid modified
  • Eating disorders or disordered eating
  • Special diet restrictions

Medical

  • New Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
  • Liver disease
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Diverticular disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cerebral Palsy

Renal

  • Dialysis patients
  • Unstable electrolytes
  • Malnutrition

Cardiac

  • High blood lipids
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease

Paediatric ward

  • Failure to thrive
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Cancer treatment
  • Enteral and parental feeding

Other

  • Unstable diabetes
  • Not coping at home with meals, budget, preparation
  • CMP – stroke, cardiac, hip fracture
  • Poor growth
  • Altered gut function
  • Special diet education

Surgical ward

  • Hypermetabolism eg stress, fractures
  • CMP – stroke, cardiac, hip fracture
  • Gastro surgery
  • Risk of pressure areas and pressure ulcers
  • Gallstones

Oncology

  • Poor appetite
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Treatment toxicities affecting dietary intake
  • Alternative feeding – enteral feeding or TPN
  • Stem Cell Transplant
  • Food hygiene
  • Healthy eating for survivorship

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Screening Clinic (OPSC)
OPSC patients can be referred to the OPSC dietitian and are seen with outpatient clinics.

 

Role of the Dietitian

Nutritional assessment

  • Anthropometry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical factors
  • Diet history

Nutrition Interventions

  • Provision of oral nutrition support
  • Enteral feeding
  • Total parental nutrition
  • Therapeutic diets
  • Dietary education

Follow-up

  • Referral to community health dietitian
  • Discharge arrangements
  • Handover to ward dietitian upon ward transfer
  • Home enteral nutrition
  • TTH dietetic outpatient clinics

Education of staff members

  • Inservices

Referral Sources

The following referral sources are valid for both inpatients and outpatients:

  • Medical staff
  • Nursing staff
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • General Practitioners

Referral procedures

Inpatients

Outpatients

Contact ward dietitian or phone 4433 2950 or use Patient Flow Manager
Please include:

  • Patient name and UR
  • Ward and bed number
  • Presenting condition
  • Reason for referral

Complete blue referral form and forward to Dietetics Department:

  • Phone 4433 2370, Fax 4433 2371 (adults)
  • Phone 4433 2150 (paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology patients)

GPs – referral letter to Dietetics Department to include:

  • Patient name and contact information
  • Presenting condition
  • Reason for referral

Last updated: 11 November 2014