How we can help you
Our dietitians are all State Registered and regulated by the Health Professions Council, and are committed to continual professional development. Dietitians treat both adults and children and can give you guidance and help with the following conditions:
- poor growth
- malabsorption conditions
- malnutrition and poor appetite
- food hypersensitivity
- swallowing disorders
- eating disorders
- disorders of the stomach, gall bladder, pancreas or liver
- coeliac or Crohn's disease, or irritable bowel syndrome
- heart disease, diabetes, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis or kidney disease
- high cholesterol levels or high blood pressure
- neurodegenerative disorders
- osteoporosis or arthritis
They can also give advice on healthy eating, weight reduction and vegetarian diets.
Dietitians treat people in hospital, out patient clinics, nursing and residential homes and can visit patients at home if absolutely necessary.
Dietitians work from 8.30 – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30 – 4.30pm Friday. Dietitians do not work at weekends.
Gluten-free subsidy (coeliac disease)
Referral to a dietitian
You can be referred to the dietitian by:
- GPs or consultants
- health professionals
The health professional will write or telephone the dietitian so that an appointment can be sent.
You will then be sent an appointment for the most appropriate clinic to your needs. There is no cost to see the dietitian.
New appointments generally last 30 - 45 minutes.
Follow up appointments last 10 - 20 minutes.
The dietitian will ask you questions about your current diet and eating habits and activity level. He or she may need to weigh you and take other measurements such as height and body fat level.
The dietitian will make suggestions for ways in which you can change your diet and may set some goals with you to achieve. You may be given a diet sheet to follow
The dietitian may advise you to take a dietary supplement or sip feeds to help meet your nutritional requirements. He or she will advise you how to obtain these.
If you need an interpreter or transport to your appointment this can be organised, but it is important that this is indicated on the referral letter.
The dietitian will organise another appointment if you need to be seen again.
Where the clinics are held
The dietetic department provide a variety of clinics.
Clinics for people with diabetes are held in the diabetes centre at Overdale site.
Clinics for nutrition support and children and weight reduction are held in William Knott Centre Overdale site.
Clinics for patients with kidney failure are held in the general hospital.
Cancelling your appointment
If you do not attend your appointment, the dietitian will discharge you and notify the health professional who referred you that you did not attend.