WellSouth has dietitians working in the community who can see patients who are generally not seen by the dietitians in the DHB. We work closely with our colleagues in secondary services and will pass referrals on to the most appropriate care provider.
Please refer via ERMS or using the form below.
If you would like to discuss a referral before you make it, you are welcome to telephone and ask to speak to a dietitian about the referral.
We also welcome questions about nutrition related to Health Pathways, to expedite nutrition care.
IBS Southern Health Pathways
Prior to referring a patient with IBS to dietitians, please ensure they have received a copy of the first-line diet sheet for IBS and have understood that they need to undertake dietary modification based on this form for a minimum of 4 weeks to see if this improves their symptoms.
If there is no symptom improvement, refer to the dietitian if there is no relationship between IBS symptoms and anxiety. The dietitian needs to see the 4 week food and symptom diary to accept the referral.
Some patients make have an intolerance to lactose. Below is a sheet that contains information on an elimination and challenge diet for suspected lactose intolerance.