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Nutrition and Dietetics

What is dietetics?

Dietitians assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems using evidence-based, scientific research on food, health and disease. This is translated into practical guidance to enable individuals and their family/carers to make appropriate food and lifestyle choices. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, Dietitians support adults and children whose diet is a major factor affecting their quality of life.

Our Nutrition and Dietetics service

A patient recieving his mealOur Nutrition and Dietetics service provides a service to inpatients and outpatients in addition to an outreach service to the community (to support patients on enteral tube feeding in their own homes or nursing homes). We also provide clinics in 22 West Norfolk GP surgeries. Being an acute-based service with clinical outreach to the community has the advantage of a seamless service across both primary and secondary care with a single point of contact for both.

Nutritional and dietetic care may be needed in the short term eg:

  • Following surgery or trauma
  • During treatment resulting in side effects that reduce appetite or make the process of eating difficult
  • To meet the needs of a preterm infant

It may also be required as part of the care needed in long term conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Coeliac disease
  • Food allergy
  • Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke

A dietitian givng a patient adviceThe role of our dietitians involves prevention of complications such as:

  • Pressure sores
  • Cardio vascular events
  • Diabetes micro and macro vascular complications

Our department works very closely with the Catering Department to ensure the nutritional adequacy of our patient meals and flexibility to meet individual therapeutic needs and preferences. This, and close working with Nursing, enables us to demonstrate that we meet the requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).


Everyone within the population served has the potential to access a dietitian, including those with specialist knowledge, for example; in diabetes, gastroenterology, paediatrics, renal disease, stroke, nutrition support and allergy. Adults can make appointments at their GP surgery or at the hospital. Appointments for diabetes and for children with Coeliac Disease are also available at the North Cambridgeshire Hospital in Wisbech. Appointments for children are mainly at our Roxburgh Children's Centre. We provide a service to care/residential homes and in exceptional circumstances patients can also be seen in their own home. Referrals are accepted from all health care professionals.

Contact details

Our Nutrition and Dietetics Department can be contacted by telephone on (01553) 613507.


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