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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 dietary concerns relating to your cancer, cancer treatment or longer term treatment side effects.  This might include:

  • Concerns about your weight
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms e.g. diarrhoea, constipation, wind, bloating and pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy
  • Eating when you have a stoma
  • Eating well when you are living with cancer and beyond

We can offer one to one appointments face to face, on video call or 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.

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 & videos

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 about cancer and wellbeing.