Dietetics

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Dietetics service helps make sure patients are receiving adequate nutrition. Good nutrition is an important factor in wellbeing and recovery from illness and our dietitians work across the hospitals to provide support and information to both patients and the staff looking after them.
We provide advice and support to patients who have medical conditions that can be wholly or partly treated by diet. We also support patients with poor appetites and people who are unable to eat and drink sufficiently by helping them supplement their food intake, with, for example, a feeding tube or a drip. We may also advise patients on their diet at home, either to aid recovery, reduce symptoms or prevent further illness.

Dietetics Clinics

We run regular clinics in the following locations:

Adults:
  • Bodmin
  • Camborne/Redruth
  • Falmouth
  • Hayle
  • Helston
  • Isles of Scilly
  • Launceston
  • Liskeard
  • Newquay
  • Penzance
  • St Austell
  • Truro
  • Wadebridge
Children’s:
  • Bodmin
  • Falmouth
  • Penzance
  • St Austell
  • Truro

The Dietetics Team

We have a team of highly specialist Dietitians working across a variety of clinical settings. Our general team provide services to gastroenterology, surgery, cardiac, elder care, respiratory, trauma and critical care. We also provide a range of designated specialist services to the following patients:

  • Cancer and palliative care
  • Children
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Home Enteral Feeding
  • Learning difficulties and mental health
  • Renal (kidney)
  • Stroke/Neurology
  • Weight Management

The Nutrition Support Team

The Nutrition Support Team is a multidisciplinary team, led by a Gastroenterologist and Biochemist, that assesses highly complex nutrition support cases and supports other healthcare professionals who manage them.

We support staff in detecting patients at risk of malnutrition, and we provide undernourished patients with specialist feeding through artificial routes.

The team operates across the Royal Cornwall Hospital site and supports initiatives such as nutritional screening for all patients on admission to hospital, and ensuring that patients receive meals on time, without disruption, and with assistance if necessary.

The Nutrition Support Team makes daily ward rounds to review patients who are on, or may need, parenteral nutrition. The team liaises with ward dietitians and nurses to make sure nutrition is delivered until the patient is able to eat independently again or is discharged.

We also run regular clinics and assessments for outpatients who receive parenteral nutrition at home.

Referrals to Dietetics

Your consultant or GP can refer you to our service. Please contact reception on 01872 252409 to make a referral.

GPs can also find supporting information and make referrals to the appropriate services via the central referral management system (RMS).

Professional Careers in Dietetics

To find out more about a professional career in dietetics, please visit the Association of British Dietitians website.

All qualified therapy and dietetic staff are required to be registered members of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who are responsible for regulating us. You can find out more about registration on the HCPC website.

Work Experience in the Dietetics Department

If you are interested in work experience within the dietetics department, you can find out more on Get In Cornwall.