Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

GP guidelines for referral of renal patients to the Specialist Renal Dietitians at Royal Liverpool Hospital

Due to the nature of renal disease and the complexity of dietary treatment that may be required, we feel it is necessary for the following patients to be referred to a specialist renal dietitian:

  • Patients with serum potassium levels above the normal range which are unstable or increasing where:

�� Serum HCO3 is normal
�� Other causes of hyperkalaemia have been ruled out
�� You believe a low potassium diet will be of benefit

  • Patients with serum phosphate levels continuously above 1.6mmols/l where the patient is already on an appropriate phosphate binder regime
  • Patients that require a combination diet e.g. low potassium, low phosphate and low salt.



Please ensure that the following information is included on the referral letter:

  • Name, address, contact number and date of birth
  • Current diagnosis
  • Detailed past medical history
  • Current drug prescription
  • Recent biochemistry including trends if available
  • Reason for dietetic referral


Referrals should be sent to:
Renal Dietitians
Dietetics Department
Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Prescot Street
L7 8XP
Contact Number: 0151 706 3005