Service

Dietetics

Nutrition plays a vital part in treating a range of medical conditions, supporting your recovery from illness, and improving your health.

You will be seen by a state registered dietitian or by a healthcare professional working under our supervision. We work to a professional code of conduct and are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.

We see adults and children who need advice about what to eat and drink for a variety of medical reasons, and use dietetic counselling to help you to self-manage your condition. For example, this could include patients who have:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coeliac disease
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Food allergies and food intolerances
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Nutritional deficiencies, for example, iron deficiency anaemia
  • Lost weight and may be malnourished
  • Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia)
  • Cancers affecting their nutrition
  • Neurological conditions where these are affecting their nutrition, for example, motor neurone disease.

We have a range of diet sheets and resources that you may find helpful.

How long will I have to wait for an appointment?

We would aim to see you within eight weeks of your referral, or sooner, if your medical condition indicates the referral is more urgent.

How can I access the dietetic service?

You can access our services by asking your GP or other healthcare professional to make a referral. They will make sure your condition may benefit from dietary advice and can refer you to the community dietetic team. We are unable to accept self-referrals at this time.

Our community dietitians have developed a number of webinars that cover a range of gut conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. For more information and to access the webinars, visit the website:

www.patientwebinars.co.uk

Where will my appointment be?

Most patients will be offered an appointment at our local clinics. We also run some specialist clinics at other healthcare venues across the county. If your GP indicates that you will require a home visit, we will contact you or your carer directly to make arrangements for this.