Referrals

 

 

General Paediatric Outpatients at John Hunter Children's Hospital has a streamlined process to direct children with development and behavioural concerns to the most appropriate service.

This central intake point may result in an appointment at the Child and Family Health Team (Wallsend)Youth Health Team (621 Hunter St) and General Paediatrics at JHCH, Belmont Hospital or the Raymond Terrace clinic.

Central Intake Combined Referral for General Practitioners (BP) - Best Practice software

Central Intake Combined Referral for General Practitioners (MD) - Medical Director software

Central Intake Combined Referral for General Practitioners (PDF)

Central Intake letter to GPs

View the HNE Health Pathways for Behavioural Concerns in ChildrenADHD in Children and Young People and Development Concerns in Children.

This referral is for Paediatric Respiratory Laboratory Skin Prick Testing. The laboratory does not provide management of allergies or prescription Epipens/Anapens. View the Allergy/Immunology page.

Skin Prick Test referral

View the HNE Health Pathways for Food Allergy in Children and Eczema (atopic dermatitis) in children.

The NSW Infant and Child Lung Function Centre (NICE) at John Hunter Children's Hospital provides specialist testing, which includes lung function tests, bronchial challenge, skin prick test (must complete skin prick test referral), altitude simulation, exhaled nitric oxide, nasal nitric oxide, nitrogen washout/lung clearance index, Infant lung function, cardiopulmonary exercise test. View the Respiratory Services page.

NSW Infant and Child Lung Function Centre referral

View the HNE Health Pathways for Asthma (non-acute) in Children and Croup

The Child and Family Health Team (CAFHT) is a specialist community health service is provided for families with children aged 2 to 12 years. The service aims to promote the health, development and wellbeing of children and help coordinate and link in with appropriate support. View the Child and Family Health Team web page.

Child and Family Health Team Referral Form. This referral form is suitable for health, educational or welfare professionals (aside from GPs). The Child and Family Health Team does not accept referrals from parents, caregivers or members of the general public.

Community Based Speech Pathology treats children from birth to school age, with normal cognitive function or mild intellectual impairment. View the Community Based Speech Pathology page.

Community Based Speech Pathology referral

View the HNE Health Pathway for Speech and Language Difficulties in Pre-School Children.

First Steps Parenting Centre (FSPC) is a service for families with children aged 0-5 years based at the Wallsend Health Campus. The centre provides multi-disciplinary support to families from social workers, nurses, a paediatrician and a speech pathologist. View the First Steps Parenting Centre page.

First Steps Parenting Referral Form

Go4Fun is a community-based program, FREE for children and young people aged 7 to 13 years, along with their families, who sit outside the healthy weight range. The program supports families to make healthy lifestyle changes, producing clinically significant results on weight, fitness and self esteem. View the Go4Fun site.

Go4Fun Referral Form

View the HNE Health Pathway for Weight Management in Children.

 

A generic referral to a specialist at John Hunter Children's Hospital requires a mandatory set of information.

The referral should include:
1. The name of the specialist
2. The child's:
    * Name
    * DOB
    * Address
    * Gender
    * Medicare number
    * Phone number
    * Date of referral
    * Clinical question
    * Supporting document (relevant to the child's referral)

To view what specialty clinics are available visit http://www.hnekidshealth.nsw.gov.au/clinics 


The John Hunter Children’s Hospital Weight Management Service is a multidisciplinary service, which holds outpatient clinics for children and young people with a body mass index (BMI) above the 95th centile and associated co-morbidities. The service provides a combination of individual and group sessions over a 4 month period.

The program is broken up into two age brackets; 2-6 years (preschool age), 7-12 years (primary school age). There is a separate model for adolescents 13 -17 years (high school age). The clinic is currently accepting referrals for all age brackets. Please view referral criteria below.

Weight Management Service Referral Criteria

Weight Management Service Referral Form

View the HNE Health Pathway for Weight Management in Children.

Comprehensive services are provided for a wide variety of congenital and acquired conditions of the ear, nose and throat. Conditions range from airway narrowing and neck masses to chronic ear infections and hearing loss, along with treating complicated paediatric ENT problems in a multidisciplinary team environment.

For information on making a referral GPs should visit the HNE Healthpathways ENT/Otolaryngology Referrals page.

GPs may make enquiries by emailing HNELHD-AskENTClinic@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au.

View the HNE Health Pathways for Asymmetrical Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Dysphagia, Ear Discharge, Ear Wax, Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia), Nasal Fracture, Acute Otitis Media in Children, Otitis Media with Effusion (Glue Ear), Recurrent Epistaxis in Children, Rhinosinusitis, Tinnitus, Tonsillitis and Sore Throat, Vertigo

View the Otolaryngology page on the HNEkidshealth website.

The paediatric orthopaedic team provides advice and treatment for children with a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. Referrals are accepted for new patients aged 0-16 years and ongoing referrals up to 18 years. 

Referrals can only be accepted from medical practitioners. Referral from Allied Health professionals are not accepted.

View the Orthopaedics page on the HNEkidshealth website.

View the Orthopaedic HNE Health Pathways for: 

The Paediatric Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team (PBIRT) provides specialist multidisciplinary assessment and case management for children and young people with acquired brain injuries.


Referral Requirements

Children must:

  • have a diagnosis of acquired brain injury after birth with an identified need for a multidisciplinary assessment of function.
  • be aged 0-18 years. 
    New referrals for children aged 16 to 18 years will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine allocation to paediatric or adult services.
  • reside within the Child Health Network - Northern
  • require a multidisciplinary assessment, medical and therapeutic interventions (i.e. not a referral for a specific discipline or maintenance)

Referral Process
  • A medical referral is required to access all HNEkids Rehab Services - HNEkidsRehab Referral Form
  • A referral can be made via the Referral and Information Management Service (RIMS) by your General Practitioner or other medical practitioner.

RIMS fax number: 49236517

Visit the Paediatric Brain Injury Rehabilitation page.

The Cerebral Palsy Movement Disorder Service (CPMD) service provides specialist rehabilitation assessment, review and monitoring of children with spasticity and movement disorders. 


Referral Requirements
  • Children must have a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy or other movement disorder with an identified need for a multidisciplinary assessment of function.
  • Be aged 0-18 years. 
    New referrals for children aged 16 to 18 years will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine allocation to paediatric or adult services.
  • Reside within the Child Health Network - Northern
  • Require a multidisciplinary assessment, medical and therapeutic interventions (i.e. not a referral for a specific discipline or maintenance)

Referral Process
  • A medical referral is required to access all HNEkids Rehab Services - HNEkidsRehab Referral Form.
  • A referral can be made via the Referral and Information Management Service (RIMS) by your General Practitioner or other medical practitioner.

RIMS fax number: 49236517

Visit the Cerebral Plasy Movement Disorder page.

The General Paediatric Rehabilitation Service provides multidisciplinary assessment and rehabilitation care for children following significant injury, illness or surgery or a recent significant change in function.


Referral Requirements

Children must:

  • have a primary functional decline post-acute phase of injury, illness or surgery or a recent significant change in function
  • be aged 0-18 years.

New referrals for children aged 16 to 18 years will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine allocation to paediatric or adult services.

  • reside within the Child Health Network - Northern
  • require a multidisciplinary assessment, medical and therapeutic interventions (i.e. not a referral for a specific discipline or maintenance)

Referral Process
  • A medical referral is required to access all HNEkids Rehab Services - HNEkidsRehab Referral Form
  • A referral can be made via the Referral and Information Management Service (RIMS) by your General Practitioner or other medical practitioner.

RIMS fax number: 49236517

Visit the General Paediatric Rehabilitation Service page.

The Spinal Service provides specialist multidisciplinary assessment and management of rehabilitation needs for children and young people with spina bifida or spinal cord injury/disease.


Referral Requirements

Children must:

  • have spinal cord injury/disease or spina bifida / other defined neural tube defect.
  • be aged 0-18 years. 
    New referrals for children aged 16 to 18 years will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine allocation to paediatric or adult services.
  • reside within the Child Health Network - Northern
  • require a multidisciplinary assessment, medical and therapeutic interventions (i.e. not a referral for a specific discipline or maintenance)

Referral Process
  • A medical referral is required to access all HNEkids Rehab Services - HNEkidsRehab Referral Form.
  • A referral can be made via the Referral and Information Management Service (RIMS) by your General Practitioner or other medical practitioner.

PLEASE NOTE: children with a diagnosis of spina bifida occulta with no functional limitations are not eligible for this service.

RIMS fax number: 49236517

Visit the Spinal Service page.

The High Risk Hip Surveillance Service focuses on the regular screening x-ray assessment for children with cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental conditions with the purpose of facilitating early identification and intervention for children with progressive hip subluxation.


Referral Requirements
  • Written referrals are accepted from medical specialists (including General Practitioners and Paediatricians), Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

HNEkidsRehab Referral Form

View the Australian Hip Surveillance Guidelines for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Visit the High Risk Hip Surveillance Service page.

The Paediatric Continence Service (PCS) provides comprehensive specialist assessment and review for children and young people with long standing Faecal and Urinary Incontinence.


Referral Requirements

A medical referral is required to access the PCS. The referral must be made to:

  • Professor Patricia Davidson (faecal incontinence)
  • Dr Ani Deshpande (urinary incontinence)

Criteria
  • Children must be aged 3-16 years
  • Children must live within Hunter New England Local Health District
  • Children have been treated initially by their GP or Paediatrician which has been unsuccessful after 3-6 months.

Referrals can be placed via Central Intake: Phone 49236920 or  Fax 49246635

Please include the following information when making a referral:

  • Detailed information regarding treatment provided so far
  • Any pre-existing conditions that may affect the treatment plan eg.ASD/ADHD
  • Tests completed in regards to the continence issue
  • Outline of treatment provided to date as per the GP

View the HNE Health Pathway for Enuresis in Children.

Download the Nocturnal Enuresis Resource Kit for professionals.

Visit the Paediatric Continence Service page or the JHCH Urology and Urinary Incontinence page.

 
Has your patients condition changed?
  • If the child needs urgent acute care, refer to Emergency Department
  • If you need specialist advice contact John Hunter Switch on 49213000 and ask for relevant paediatric registrar
  • If you are concerned about the child's length of wait, contact the relevant department the child was referred to or re-refer with new information
 
Specialist Referral Flowchart


Specialist Referral Flowchart