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Dietetics

What we do

The dietetics team provides specialist nutritional assessment, treatment and advice for newborns, babies, children and young people up to the age of 19.

The team has strong links with many London hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, King’s College and the Evelina Children’s Hospital, and run joint dietetic clinics several times a year.

In addition, the dietetics team provides advice and acts as a point of reference for other local centres.

The team has a strong base in research and audit with several staff on Master of Science and Doctorate programmes.

The service covers inpatients receiving medical, surgical, high dependency or intensive care treatment and outpatient clinics.

We also provide private patient services for dietetics.

What to expect while under our care

Inpatient services

Inpatient services are provided by a specialist team of dietitians supported by state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to meet the needs of patients.

The team’s special interests include:

  • gastroenterology
  • respiratory
  • metabolic
  • oncology
  • neuro-disabilities and
  • enteral/parental feeding.

Weekly nutrition rounds are conducted with the consultant gastroenterologist, consultant paediatric surgeons and pharmacist to ensure that those at highest risk benefit from a multidisciplinary approach.

The on-site milk kitchen allows complex nutritional feeds to be custom-made for individual conditions, while providing ‘gold standard’ safe nutritional support for all inpatients. It uses the most up to date systems and meets the most recent guidelines and standards produced by the Government and the Food Standards Agency.

Outpatients

Outpatient clinics are held twice weekly to support consultant and GP referrals.

The dieticians also attend joint consultant led clinics for diabetes, cystic fibrosis, celiac, phenylketonuria (PKU), broncho-pulmonary dysplasia and Prader-Willi Syndrome to provide the most efficient care for those conditions where nutrition is an essential part of treatment.

Monthly specialist feeding clinics are run jointly with the speech and language therapist. The team is also responsible for the safe discharge and monitoring of home patients on the Total Parental Nutrition programme, together with the community teams.

Further information

Useful information can be found on the web pages linked here:

Location

Level 5, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton

Contact

01273 696955 ext 2391

Please contact us from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.


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