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Who we are

What are dietitians?

Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals that use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease. They translate this research into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

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. (Taken from the British Dietetic Association)

What we do

We have a team of dietitians that see patients during their hospital stay. They help those who are unwell or have just had surgery to eat well and meet their nutritional needs during illness. This may involve helping people by advising nourishing foods and drinks, oral nutritional supplements and in some cases this may involve tube feeding or intravenous nutrition. 

Nutrition in Cancer clinic

The dietitian in this clinic can give you tailored and practical advice to help you manage any of the following issues or concerns:

  • Unintentional weight loss or a poor appetite.
  • Eating difficulties due to surgery or treatment side effects, such as taste changes, a sore or dry mouth, nausea, gastrointestinal symptoms or tiredness and fatigue.
  • Eating when you have a stoma.
  • Treatment-related weight gain.
  • Eating a healthy diet during cancer or when you are recovering from cancer.
  • Eating for your wellbeing during advanced cancer.

We offer one-to-one appointments in a clinic setting and over the telephone.

How can I be referred to the dietitian?

Ask your health care professional to refer you (e.g. nurse, cancer support worker, doctor or GP)

Refer yourself! Download our self referral form here.

Self referral forms are also available at the Cancer information and support centre on level 4 BHOC and at the Trust's health and wellbeing events (see below) 

If you are an inpatient, your nurse or doctor can refer you.

Cancer Health and Wellbeing events

Nutrition and dietary information is available at the Trust's Cancer Health and Wellbeing Events:

  • First Steps - Information event for people newly diagnosed with cancer
  • Next Steps - for people after treatment (the 'Eating well' talk is presented by the Specialist Dietitian)
  • Living with advanced cancer: Adjust, Adapt, Plan ('Managing nutritional needs' talk is presented by the Specialist Dietitian)

Find out more here.