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 Paediatric Immunology ReferralsFood 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 three age brackets; 2-6 years, 7-12 years and 13 years and older. The clinic will initially cater for the 2-6 age group with the view of expanding to other ages.

John Hunter Children's Hospital 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.

 
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