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:

  • obesity
  • eating disorders
  • spina bifida
  • neuro-development
  • infant development
  • refugee health
  • medically unexplained symptoms
  • research and epidemiology
  • child protection.

Clinics

General Paediatrics
Level 2 (2e), Lady Cilento 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?

New patients

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).

Catchment area

This service is available to children living within the Lady Cilento 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

Referral instructions

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 Lady Cilento 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.

Useful links

Gastroenterological Society of Australia
Nutrition Australia
Organ and Tissue Authority
Transplant Australia

This service is available at

Medical
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Babies
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Medical Day Unit (5b)
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
Level 5
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

General enquiries

t: 07 3068 1111

Infants less than 12 months of age will primarily be admitted into ward 9b or 9a.  Infants and children older than 12 months will be admitted into ward 9a or 10a.

Medical inpatient reception

Ward 9a
t: 07 3068 1701

Ward 10a
t: 07 3068 1210

Babies inpatient reception

Ward 9b
t: 07 3068 1801

Operating hours

The General Paediatrics and Babies inpatient units

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Medical Day Unit

Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm.

Reception for each ward area

Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm.

Related services

Lactation Service

Resources

Anaesthesia for your child fact sheet
Asthma fact sheet
Bronchiolitis fact sheet
Croup fact sheet
Blocked milk ducts and mastitis fact sheet
Caring for a child in a von Rosen splint fact sheet
Caring for your child in a hip spica fact sheet
Expressing breast milk for your baby fact sheet
Febrile convulsions fact sheet
Fever in children fact sheet
Increasing your breast milk supply fact sheet
Inguinal hernia fact sheet
Jaundice in newborns fact sheet
Music and my baby at home fact sheet
Nipple shields for breastfeeding fact sheet
Parechovirus fact sheet
Plagiocephaly fact sheet
Reflux fact sheet
Suppressing lactation fact sheet
Undescended testes and orchidopexy fact sheet
Whooping cough (Bordetella pertussis) fact sheet
View all baby fact sheets