We deliver a nutritional support service promoting optimal patient health through consultation, education, advocacy and contribution to policy.
Our service includes offering specific intervention for referred patients who have specialised nutritional requirements. We also liaise with the Fremantle Hospital catering department on hospital menus to ensure all patients have their nutritional needs met. We provide information to staff on nutritional issues to improve patient care and offer training for Curtin University and Edith Cowan University nutrition and dietetics students.
We encourage you to be actively involved in all aspects of your health care and invite you to read the Patient First booklet found throughout Fremantle Hospital.
Information for health professionals
Position: Head of Department
Phone: +61 8 9431 2782
Fax: +61 8 9431 22699
Our services include:
- assessment of the nutritional status of patients
- prescription of high energy, high protein diet and fluids
- prescription of therapeutic diets e.g. low potassium
- prescription and monitoring of enteral feeds
- education for patients and carers for therapeutic diets
- liaison with the catering department to ensure that WA Health’s OD 0636/15 Nutrition standards for adult patients in WA hospitals (external site) is implemented
- liaison with the catering department to ensure the correct therapeutic diets are provided to hospital patients
- provision of an outpatient service for patients referred from wards or hospital clinics
- ongoing prescription and monitoring of patients requiring home enteral nutrition (HEN).
Referrals are only accepted for patients of Fremantle Hospital consultants.
Nursing assessment forms include a nutrition screening tool for nurses to refer patients who are at risk of malnutrition.
Referrals for inpatients and outpatients from Fremantle Hospital medical, nursing and allied health staff can be made using E-referral.
We do not accept GP referrals.
Types of patient referrals we receive:
- recent, unintentional weight loss or underweight (Body Mass Index <18)
- risk of malnutrition– weight loss, poor appetite, poor oral intake, physical barriers to adequate oral intake
- risk of refeeding syndrome
- enteral feeding or parenteral feeding
- diabetes– newly diagnosed, poorly controlled, commencing insulin, requiring update
- diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome
- nutritional assessment to assist in diagnostic process, e.g. iron deficiency anaemia
- renal impairment requiring dietary intervention
- coeliac disease– newly diagnosed or poor compliance
- weight reduction if related to current medical problem and where patient is agreeable/motivated
- disordered eating.
Discharge guidelines– enteral feeds or nutritional supplements
Any patient requiring nutritional supplements or enteral feeds during admission and post discharge is entitled to five days supply of these products upon discharge, which is authorised by a dietitian on the discharge medication chart.
We offer training opportunities for Curtin University and Edith Cowan University nutrition and dietetics students.
The Staff Development Service provides a range of continuing education programs to support the learning needs of staff.
See current job vacancies (external site).
Head of Department
Phone: +61 8 9431 2770