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Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietitians are the specialist profession for advice on nutrition and diet for health and illness management.

We aim to prevent and offer effective dietary treatment for nutrition related conditions. We can help patients to understand why the dietary changes are necessary and how patients can manage these changes within their lifestyle.

We also initiate and monitor artificial feeding for those who cannot meet their nutritional requirements with or without diet for a variety of reasons.

The Nutrition and Dietetic department forms part of the professional support services within the 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. We liaise with other staff to promote awareness of good nutrition and to ensure that nutrition is included as a priority in patient care.

The department always aim to work to the highest professional standards and use evidence-based practice to develop effective therapies and new treatments.

As registered dietitians we are regulated and audited every two years by the Health Professionals Council of the United Kingdom to ensure that their standards are met. Thus all advice given will be evidence-based or will be according to best practice guidelines as far as possible.

Dietetic Assistants work under the guidance of the dietitians to help monitor patients who are referred to the dietetic department.

We are also an approved centre for training dietetic students from the University of Hertfordshire.

Department Work times:
Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:30

Contact Details:
Main department Tel no: 01480 364672
Fax no: 01480 364924

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