We all need to eat and drink several times, every day of our
lives. Food and drink give us a great deal of pleasure, they
help us celebrate important occasions, are part of the way we
express our culture and one way that we show that we care.
Diet change was one of the earliest ways in which doctors
treated illness, and many common diseases still have diet as a
major part of treatment.
Our team consists of qualified Dietitians and Dietetic Assistants
along with our administration support team. All of our
Dietitians are registered with the national regulatory body, The
Health Professions Council.
The Nutrition and Dietetics department offers patient
assessment, diagnosis, care planning, treatment and health
education services to persons who present with conditions such
problems (either underweight or overweight)
· Food allergy
Diet also plays an important part in preventing many common
illnesses such as constipation, anaemia, heart attacks, strokes and
We see patients who require therapeutic dietary manipulation,
this may be for food allergy, intolerance, specialist dietary
advice due to a specific medical condition for example patients
with gastro-intestinal disease or after surgery.
We provide a dedicated tube feeding service to all patients who
cannot eat or drink to meet their nutrition and hydration
requirements. We also work with nursing homes to implement
our Focus on Undernutrition work, which aims to maximise a patients
nutritional intake from food.
The Trust's Nutrition and Dietetic Service works with adults and
children in County Durham and Darlington, excluding
Easington. We work within University Hosptial North Durham,
Darlington Memorial Hospital, Bishop Auckland Hospital, Sedgefield
Community Hospital, Richardson Community Hospital, Weardale
Community Hospital, Chester le Street Community Hospital, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital.
We see adult and paediatric patients, as hospital inpatients,
outpatients, in clinics and in group settings as well as the
patients own home.
Patients may be referred to the service by other health care
practitioners such as your GP.
All referrals are prioritised so that we can deal with urgent cases
first. At your first appointment your condition will be
assessed and an appropriate course of treatment will be agreed
which may simply consist of advice, a short course of treatment or
in some cases more prolonged care.
For dairy free
for egg free
for gluten free
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital