Dietician

The Dietician works very closely with the surgery team to provide dietary advice and support to help improve your health. She can be contacted via surgery reception.

The following questions and answers have been put together to give you an insight into what the service offers.

What is a Dietician?

Dieticians are trained in all aspects of nutrition and health. The Dieticians are registered with the Health Professionals Council, which means that they work within strict codes of practice and is very aware of the importance of confidentiality. They have professionally studied the effects of what we eat and drink and are able to advise on the effect of diet on health and in disease.

Why do I need to see a Dietician?

A doctor or practice nurse may ask you to see a dietician for a number of reasons:-

  • You may be overweight
  • You may be underweight or losing weight
  • You may have a health problem that can be improved or controlled by diet
  • You may be able to reduce the risk of ill health in the future by changing what you eat now

You will be asked whether you would like to see the Dietician and the reasons will be explained to you.

How do I get an appointment?

The doctor or nurse will ask you to make an appointment at reception. Your appointment will be at the surgery. Please allow 30 minutes for your first visit as the Dietician will need enough time to discuss your diet with you.

What will happen when I see the Dietician?

You will usually be weighed and your height measured. The Dietician will discuss your diet with you before advising on any changes, therefore it would be very helpful if you keep a record of what you eat and drink for a week before your appointment. The reason for any changes to your diet will be explained to you and there will be time for you to discuss the best way to make these changes and for you to ask any other questions.

How often will I go?

At the end of your appointment you will discuss with the Dietician whether another appointment is necessary. A follow up appointment will usually be shorter, about 15 minutes. The total number of visits you make will depend on what kind of diet you are following, how many changes you have made to your diet and whether there is a need to return following the results of any blood tests.

Cancelling an appointment

Please telephone the surgery as soon as possible if you cannot attend your appointment. We will then be able to offer your appointment to someone else.

You can also cancel your appointment on-line.

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