Intensive Feeding Program

Refer a Patient

How to Refer a Patient

To locate or expedite a referral, please call Clinical Intake Coordinators at 206-987-2080, option 2.

Appointment availability

Updated April 2020

We are accepting new referrals. A referral is not required, but will help us serve your patient better. We currently do not have appointments available, but encourage you to submit a referral so that we can put your patient in our queue and call them when an opening is available. We are continuing to connect with families for phone intakes and to provide resources at this time. We are also reviewing referrals to prioritize urgent patients.

It may take 3 to 6 months for the patient to be seen for their initial clinic appointment. We hope to reduce wait times by later this year.

Referral requirements

Please submit a referral that is complete. This helps us schedule your patient’s appointment in a timely manner and ensure their first visit is smooth and productive.   

We may not schedule patients until a complete referral is received.

Please include:

  • Reason for referral: what is the clinical question for the specialist?
  • If the referral is urgent (see within 4 weeks) or routine (next available)
  • ICD-10 Diagnosis – required
  • Visit type:
    • New patient consult, transfer of care, second opinion, or return visit/ongoing care
  • ALL relevant clinical documents
    • Clinic notes
    • Medication history
    • Growth charts/curves 
    • Lab reports
    • Imaging and diagnostic reports, add i.e. swallow study
    • Previous specialty evaluations
  • Patient’s full name, DOB, sex, address, guardian contact information and insurance
  • Referring provider’s name, phone, fax and the referral coordinator’s email address so that we may contact you if additional information is needed
  • Preferred clinic location
  • If an interpreter is needed
  • Any known barriers to performing a successful telehealth (video) visit with the family
  • Feeding therapy notes and history
  • Nutrition notes and history (blenderized diet, PediaSure diet, etc.)

Submit a referral

After we receive your referral, we will review it and call your patient within approximately one week to discuss filling out the questionnaire and to schedule an evaluation appointment.

  • We will notify you when an appointment is made, or contact you by fax to let you know if the family has not called us back to schedule an appointment.

We’re committed to partnering with you

It is important to us that referring providers are informed and aware of their patient’s participation in our program. We will ask you to review and sign Calorie Reduction Orders that will begin on the Thursday before the first program appointment. Since the intensive feeding program is a hunger based program, tube feeding calories are reduced by approximately 80% and fluid intake reduced by 20% of calculated needs. The program dietitian will contact your office 1-2 weeks prior to the program start date to obtain these orders.  

We are always available to answer questions and support your care of your patients.

  • Diagnosis and treatment options: call 206-987-7777 (Provider-to-Provider Line).
  • Referring or transporting a patient to our Emergency Department or Urgent Care: call 206-987-8899 or, toll-free, 866-987-8899 (Emergency Department Communications Center).

Learn more about managing your patients at Seattle Children’s, including viewing your patient’s records.

What your patients can expect

Families will be asked to complete an online application that includes a questionnaire and food intake record to help us understand their child’s and family’s needs.

After that, the patient will undergo an intensive feeding evaluation to determine if they are an appropriate candidate for the program.

Patients can expect to wait 1 to 2 months for an evaluation and 1 to 3 months after that for their first program appointment.

Before the program begins, the family will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for the program.