Nutrition and Dietetics
We support adults and children who need help with their nutrition and diet to improve their wellbeing.
You may need to see us if you’re:
- underweight or losing weight
- allergic (or suspect you’re allergic) or intolerant to certain foods
- at risk of ill health in the future which can be reduced by changing what you eat.
We also see patients who have a mental health condition that we can help improve or control by diet.
You may have been referred to us from your GP, another healthcare professional such as a speech and language therapist or from one of the departments in our hospitals.
Where we see you
We assess, treat and diagnose patients with acute needs at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Wycombe Hospital. We see patients on hospital wards who are staying as inpatients, as well as those who have outpatient appointments.
We also work in the community in GP clinics, health centres, community hospitals, care homes, nursing homes and patients’ own homes.
What we do
Our dietitians work with healthy people, those who are unwell and patients who need individual diets to treat chronic medical conditions. They also assess, diagnose and treat nutritional and dietary problems at a public health level.
Nutritionists inform the public about good nutrition to improve health and wellbeing and do not work as clinicians. They promote healthy eating activities in Buckinghamshire and prevent diet related conditions in the community. These include child obesity and malnutrition among older people living independently at home.