Nutrition and Dietetics

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition 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.

When you see a Dietitian they will assess, discuss and advise you on your diet and nutritional health.  The Dietitian can provide individualised dietary advice on a wide range of nutritional issues eg Diabetes, Heart Disease, Poor appetite, Cancer.

How to access the service

In hospital patients are referred to the Nutrition and Dietetic service by Medical or Nursing Staff for dietary assessment and advice according to nutritional need.

In the community referrals are accepted from a GP or onward referral from the Hospital Dietitian.  This service is available in Belfast and also offers some regional services.

Referrals are accepted across a wide range of nutritional issues including:

  • Obesity
  • Nutritional Support
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Gastro-Intestinal disorders
  • Malabsorption syndromes and food intolerances
  • Dietary assessment to confirm or treat dietary related vitamin and mineral deficiencies and to assist in the diagnosis of food intolerance
  • Faltering growth in children