The Nutrition and Dietetic Department forms part of therapy services within Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
Dietitians work in all areas of the Trust as part of multi-disciplinary teams and have close links with medical, nursing, catering and pharmacy departments as well as the other therapy services.
Our team of Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Assistant Practitioners, Dietetic Assistants and Admin and Clerical staff cover Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and Kidderminster Hospital & Treatment Centre.
Our specially trained Dietitians provide inpatient and outpatient services between the core hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm, across our three hospitals.
Specialty teams covering inpatients and outpatients include:
- General acute
- Surgery and TPN
- Head and Neck cancer
- Upper GI cancer
- Other Cancer sites e.g. Lung, Colorectal
- Renal in and out patients
- Haemodialysis at Kidderminster Hospital
Referrals and Additional Service Information
- Inpatient Service: all inpatient referrals are referred directly by ward staff.
- Outpatient Service.
- Access to specialist weight management service (Tier 3) is via GP referral using NHS e-referral service. For more information please click here.
- Bariatric surgery (Tier 4) is part of the Specialist Weight Management Service for more information please click here.
The department is unable to accept self-referrals.
What to expect when you see a Dietitian
Clinics are held at various locations across our three hospitals.
We may see you in one-to-one consultation; we also hold a variety of educational sessions to patients and carers with other health professionals including cardiac rehabilitation, gestational diabetes and coeliac groups.
At your first appointment, your dietitian will assess you carefully which is why this visit will take longer. Depending on which part of our services you will be requiring the consultation generally lasts for half an hour for a new appointment or fifteen minutes for a review appointment. Please take into account that parking is very limited at the hospital so give yourself plenty of time. The requirement for follow-up appointments will be discussed and agreed between you and your dietitian.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust support local universities and teaching and, therefore, student dietitians do treat patients with or without the supervision of qualified staff. If you do not wish to be treated by a student, please ring and let the department know before you are seen and that will be assured.
All adult patients admitted to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be screened for malnutrition within 24 hours of admission to hospital and weekly thereafter. This will ensure you receive the appropriate nutritional care plan during your inpatient stay.
If you are identified as being at high risk of malnutrition or assessed as requiring specialist dietetic input, you will be referred to the dietitian by the nursing staff or medical team.
The dietitian will make an assessment taking into account your weight, body mass index (BMI), weight history, blood results, medical, social and diet history. They will use this information to provide individualised recommendations, working closely with the nursing,
If you wish to contact the department please leave a message on: 01905 733 953
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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