The Nutrition and Dietetics Department of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service provides a service to the inpatients of Hornsby Hospital, outpatients and facilitates group education programs. The role of the dietitian is to provide individualised nutrition assessment, recommendations on dietary modification and to provide education to the patient and carer as appropriate.



Inpatient service:

Patients requiring a dietitian assessment will be referred by the medical, nursing or allied health staff. Patients and their families can also request to be seen by a dietitian.

Reasons for referral include:

  • Nutrition support (oral)
  • Enteral tube feeding
  • Nutrition Education
  • Diet for organ complications, eg. post gastro surgery, exacerbation Crohns disease/ ulcerative colitis, chronic or acute kidney disease, and liver disease
  • Stroke
  • Malnutrition
  • Children requiring specific diets.

Outpatient service

A limited service is available. Referral from a general practitioner, specialist, diabetes educator or speech pathologist is required. Reasons for referral include:

  • Type 1 Diabetes (newly diagnosed or review)
  • Type 2 Diabetes (commencing insulin)
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Pregnant women with a medical condition which requires a  specific diet
  • Unintentional weight loss, malnourished or at risk of malnutrition
  • Patients with neurological conditions or dysphagia (including Parkinson's disease, Motor Neuron disease) with reduced oral intake
  • Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Children requiring specific diets for failure to thrive, weight management and those on enteral feeds (referral from paediatrician required).

The Home and Community Care (HACC) Dietetic service:

This is a home-based dietetic service for the frail aged or younger person with a disability or their carers living in Hornsby or Ku-ring-gai Local Government Area for whom home based dietetic assessment and therapy would be most appropriate. This service aims to address nutritional problems to reduce the risk of hospital admissions and the need for higher level care.

The HACC dietitian will assess clients with complex nutrition issues in their own homes and provide a nutrition care plan. To make a referral or enquire about eligibility, please contact the Aged Care Assessment Team intake officer on 9477 9115 or fax to 9477 9723.

The service also supports HACC service providers with nutrition resources, education and training, to enhance their nutrition knowledge and skills.

Diabetes education group program:

This is run monthly for new and previously diagnosed clients with type 2 Diabetes or pre diabetes. The program will provide up to date, relevant and practical information on healthy eating for diabetes and pre diabetes.  The program is run in conjunction with the Diabetes Educator, Podiatrist  and Physiotherapist.

Please phone the Nutrition & Dietetics Department for session dates and cost.


Inpatient service:

Patients requiring a dietitian assessment will be referred by the medical, nursing staff or allied health staff via eMR Allied Health Orders.

To ensure appropriate timeliness in response to a referral, the referrer must enter the following fields:

a.            Their name and contact number

b.            The reason for referral eg. Nutrition support (oral)

c.             Any other information that would assist prioritisation of the referral.

Patients and their families can also request a Dietitian assessment, please request via the nursing staff on the ward.

Outpatient service:

To be eligible for the outpatient service clients must reside in the Hornsby Shire or Ku-ring-gai Municipality and have a high priority condition requiring dietary modification. Eligible clients require a referral letter from their G.P. or specialist, stating their medical condition and/or dietary needs. There is a waiting period for this service, and you will be seen on a priority basis.

Home Visit Service:

Please phone 9477 9115 or fax the referral to 9477 9723 with relevant information including GP letter if possible.  Priority is given clients who have difficulty accessing outpatient services due to transport or mobility.

Other Information

Outpatient service:

Please bring your Medicare card, pension card (if applicable), referral letter, blood test results and medication list to your initial appointment.

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Building 14, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital,
3-7 Derby Road
Hornsby, NSW 2077

Finding Us: The Nutrition & Dietetics department is located at the street address and entrance is via gate 6A.

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Monday - Friday
8am – 4.30pm

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02 9485 6199