General Paediatrics and Babies
The General Paediatrics and Babies Department provides care for babies, children and adolescents. Our team is made up of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals including physiotherapists, dietitians, speech pathologists, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, music therapists and lactation consultants.
We provide care for a range of medical conditions and often work with other specialist hospital services to treat children with complex care needs. Special areas of interest include:
- eating disorders
- spina bifida
- infant development
- refugee health
- medically unexplained symptoms
- research and epidemiology
- child protection.
Level 2 (2e), Queensland Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane 4101
Monday to Friday | 8am–4pm
t: 07 3068 1111 (general enquiries via hospital switchboard)
Who can access this service?
Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.
Existing patients with complex care needs
Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).
This service is available to children living within the Queensland Children’s Hospital catchment area. Check if you fall within the catchment by using our South East Queensland hospital catchment finder.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
Referrals are accepted from:
- general paediatricians
- general practitioners (GPs).
Other referral information
Children admitted to General Paediatrics and Babies will be seen by a team of paediatricians during their stay.
Please speak with your local doctor about being referred to the general paediatric service. Once your referral has been received by the hospital we will send you a letter confirming the receipt. This is not an appointment, but a confirmation that your referral has been entered into our system. Once your referral has been reviewed and categorised we will send you an appointment letter approximately 4–6 weeks before your appointment date. If your referral is categorised as needing early review, you may receive a phone call advising you of the appointment date and time. For this reason, it is important to make sure all of your contact details are up to date on your referral letter. If your contact details change after your referral has been sent, please notify the hospital.
If you have any questions about your referral, please contact the Patient Call Centre and have your child’s name, date of birth and hospital number (if they have one) ready for the operator.
t: 1300 762 831
Information for health professionals
From 1 May 2019 referral criteria will apply at CHQ. This condition has minimum demographic and essential clinical referral information that is required to be included prior to submission of the referral. Visit the CPC website for the required condition. If you are unable to provide the required “essential information” please state the reason when you submit the referral.
All patients should be referred to a general paediatrician in their catchment area. Complex patients will be seen as inpatients and transferred back to a local paediatrician once discharged from the Queensland Children’s Hospital.
Please ensure that family contact details are up to date on all referrals. Families will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of their referral. This is not an appointment. The appointment letter will be sent approximately 4–6 weeks before the appointment date or they will be telephoned if the appointment is categorised as urgent.
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