Dietetics

Dietitans Alex

 

As part of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, our team of 20 Dietitians and 6 Admin staff cover Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and Kidderminster Treatment Centre; we provide both inpatient and outpatient services.

 

Our specially trained Dietitians provide services between core hours of 08.30-16.30 across Worcestershire Royal Hospital and Alexandra Hospital.

 

Contact Us

The dietetics team can be contacted at each hospital:

 

Nalinee Owen - (Dietetic Manager)

Tel: 01905 733290  

Wocestershire Royal Hospital 

Tel: 01905 760136 Fax: 01905 760168

Alexandra Hospital

Tel: 01527 512043

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Kidderminster Hospital

Tel: 01562 512304 Fax: 01562 826327

What is a Dietitian

Choosing the right person to seek help and advice from can sometimes be a confusing task. Many people claim to be experts in nutrition yet have very limited knowledge and offer no protection to the public.

Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level.

Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

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How can a Dietitian help me?

Here are just a few examples where dietitians can help improve your health and lifestyle if:

  • You have been diagnosed with a medical condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, coeliac disease, HIV, cancer and other conditions
  • You suffer with digestive problems
  • You have oral, enteral or parenteral nutrition support requirements
  • Your child, or looked after child, has specialised nutritional requirements
  • You are wanting or needing to lose weight in a safe and sensible way
  • You need to put weight on following a spell of ill-health or as the result of a medical condition
  • You are considering surgery to lose weight
  • You want advice about breastfeeding and weaning
  • You want to maximise your chances to become pregnant
  • You think you have an allergy or intolerance to a certain food

What to expect from a consultation

An appointment will be sent to you along with a 5 day food diary. This will need to be completed before your appointment. This will ensure the Dietitian can give you appropriate, personalised and achievable recommendations.

During your consultation, your Dietitian will assess your nutritional requirements and together you will jointly agree your nutritional care plan taking into account individual food habits, cultural customs, social and financial situation.

Dietitians also guide people to make appropriate food choices to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Throughout your consultation you will have the opportunity to ask the Dietitian any questions you may have and in most instances you will be provided with written information with our contact details.

Useful Links

For up to date, safe, and accurate dietary information for many conditions please visit the British Dietetic Association Food Fact Sheets Page

For more information about dietitians, and the difference between other nutritional professionals visit the British Dietetic Association page.

Further information about Malnutrition and Nutritional Care in the UK the BAPEN Website provides useful information.

British Dietetic Association

www.bda.uk.com/

NHS Choices Website

www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/find-a-registered-dietitian-or-nutritionist.aspx

BAPEN

www.bapen.org.uk/

 

 

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