Nutrition and dietetics
Dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease. They translate this research into practical guidance on lifestyle and food choices.
A dietitian will advise you on your diet and nutritional health. They can provide personal dietary guidance on a wide range of nutritional issues, for example diabetes, heart disease, poor appetite and cancer.
Registered Dietitians (RDs) assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level.
Health and Wellbeing Dietitians work in the community with a number of partner organisations. Together they deliver training, support nutrition education programmes and provide expertise to community, voluntary and statutory organisations.
In hospital: patients are referred by healthcare professionals for dietary assessment and advice according to nutritional need.
In the community: referrals are accepted from GPs, other healthcare professionals or hospital dietitians.
Referrals are accepted across a wide range of nutritional issues including:
- nutritional support
- heart disease
- gastrointestinal disorders
- malabsorption syndromes and food intolerances
- mental health and learning disability
- dietary assessment to confirm or treat diet-related vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and assist in the diagnosis of food intolerance
- palliative care
- faltering growth in children
There are Registered Dietitians in:
- Royal Victoria Hospital
- Belfast City Hospital
- Mater Hospital
- Musgrave Park Hospital
- Children’s Hospital
Health and Wellbeing Dietitians can be contacted at:
- Community Nutrition and Dietetics Service, Knockbreda Centre
Tel: 028 9504 2317
- Health and Wellbeing Dietitians, Beech Hall Health and Wellbeing Centre
Tel: 028 9504 3068