The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, providing a service to both inpatients and outpatients at Yeovil District Hospital. Our dietitians provide dietetic advice in a range of specialist areas including; Nutritional support, Gastroenterology, Respiratory, Diabetes, Paediatrics, Critical care, Oncology and Stroke care.
The team also consists of nutrition nurses that support patients with artificial tube feeding, helping to link the nutrition and nursing roles together. In addition the nutrition nurses manage the intravenous line service within the hospital.
An important area of our work is with education and training, to both healthcare professionals (many of which are open to community and nursing home staff) and patient groups – such as cardiac, stroke rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation and diabetes education programmes.
Dietitians are the only legally registered nutrition professionals. They are qualified to a degree standard and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). They are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.
Dietitians aim to prevent or treat ill health by translating evidence based research into practical dietary advice. A consultation with a Dietitian is confidential, impartial and tailored to the individual.
For more information see: What does a dietitian do?
Nutrition is very important and plays a key role in maintaining health and wellbeing regarding the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. Visit the following sites for more information:
- British dietetic association: https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/covid-19-corona-virus-advice-for-the-general-public.html
- World health organisation: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance-OLD/food-and-nutrition-tips-during-self-quarantine
- Lancashire online resources: https://covidpatientsupport.lthtr.nhs.uk/#/lessons/6Aj2_QAIzcQ9_PQJ0eNrBQWFJX9Jf5r0