The Nutrition and Dietetic Service is led by a senior dietitian who has undergone specialist training and will provide nutritional assessment and advice.
Dietitians provide practical guidance to help people make long lasting changes to the way they eat.
Advice can be given on a wide variety of diets, for example excluding certain foods if a food intolerance or food allergy is suspected.
We always aim to ensure:
- That your diet is nutritionally balanced providing the nutrients needed .
- That we give advice based on up-to-date scientific research on food, health and disease
- That we provide practical advice to enable you to make the right diet choices for your needs
Patients with the following conditions may be seen in clinic:
- Food allergy and intolerances
- Gastrointestinal problems including irritable bowel syndrome
- Women’s health issues including polycystic ovarian syndrome,
premenstrual syndrome and menopause
- Rheumatological and other musculoskeletal problems
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
There is also a multidisciplinary weight loss programme for patients with obesity.
The first appointment takes 40 minutes. Before your appointment we will ask you to keep a food diary for a week. This will help the dietitian to provide the right advice for you.
Advice on nutritional supplements will be given if necessary, however, wherever possible advice will focus on obtaining nutrients from food.
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 48 hours beforehand so we can offer your appointment to someone else. If you do not attend your appointment without telling us we may refer you back to your GP.
Following your treatment you will be referred back to your GP.
The RLHIM is also a teaching hospital and from time to time other healthcare professionals may observe in outpatient clinics as part of a training course. We will always ask your permission for students to sit in during your consultation. You do not have to have students present if you would prefer not to.