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Nutrition and dietetics

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The philosophy of the department of nutrition and dietetics is to establish and encourage good nutritional practice and standards as an integral part of the health care provided to the population served by Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Attend Anywhere video consultation

Did you know your outpatient appointment for this service may now be done by video consultation using Attend Anywhere. This enables you to be able to attend your appointment from home, saving you time and money.

Find out more about outpatient video appointments

Information for inpatients

The dietetic team provide a service to all adult and paediatric inpatient wards within Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie Hospital..

All patients admitted to Addenbrooke’s should be ‘nutritionally screened’ within 48hrs of admission and the results of this screening acted upon. Screening involves a nurse answering a few questions about whether you have lost weight recently and how you are eating. If the results show you are at risk of malnutrition they will refer you to a dietitian for support.

If you are an inpatient at Addenbrooke’s or a relative of yours is and you feel they need to see a dietitian please mention this to a member of the team who are looking after them and they will be able to make the referral if deemed appropriate.

If you need a special diet please make the nursing staff aware so that this can be arranged.

Information for outpatients

We run a variety of booked outpatient clinics for adults and children, which at the moment are mainly delivered remotely via video conference or as telephone consultations. In addition we run a telephone triage clinic for people referred for the dietary treatment of some gastroenterology conditions to ensure that you are seen in the most appropriate clinic. The department keeps some appointment slots free for emergencies. However, patients can be given these emergency appointments only if the department has received a request for an emergency referral from their hospital consultant,

At your first appointment, your dietitian will assess you carefully which is why this visit will take longer. The requirement for follow-up appointments will be discussed and agreed between you and your dietitian .

Following an assessment, you might be instructed to keep a regular account of your dietary intake and this information will be invaluable to the dietitian in managing your care. If you are coming in for a return outpatient appointment, you might be asked to bring your food diary with you. Children are routinely sent a food diary with their appointment (new and follow up). Please complete this and bring it along to each appointment. It is often useful if you can bring the dietitian a list of any medications you are taking.