Nutrition plays a vital part in treating a range of medical conditions, supporting patient’s recovery from illness, and improving patient’s health.
Who we are
Our patients are seen by a State Registered Dietitian or by healthcare professional working under our supervision. We work to a professional code of conduct and we are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.
What we do
We see adults and children who need advice about what to eat and drink for a variety of medical reasons, and use dietetic counseling to help our patients to self-manage their condition. For example this could include patients who:
- have Type 2 Diabetes
- have Coeliac Disease
- have Crohns disease or Ulcerative Colitis
- have food allergies and food intolerances
- have irritable bowel disease
- have nutritional deficiencies, e.g. iron deficiency anaemia
- have lost weight and may be malnourished
- have swallowing difficulties (dysphagia)
- have cancers that are affecting their nutrition
- have neurological conditions where these are affecting their nutrition, e.g. Motor Neurone Disease
We have a range of diet sheets and resources that you may find helpful.
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Resources
- Eating Well with Diabetes FINAL 190426 - BIG FONT.pdf Download
- Eating Well with Diabetes FINAL 190206.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Are you at risk of Malnutrition FINAL 010713.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Build up advice FINAL 020412.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Diet and Pressure Ulcers FINAL 170913.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Dietary Advice for Constipation FINAL 140318.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Eating well with a small appetite FINAL July.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Food and nutrition for people with life limiting illness FINAL 110418.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight FINAL 041212.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Keeping Hydrated FINAL 060116.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Measuring your weight and body mass index FINAL 050418.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Nourishing Alternative Foods FINAL 161216.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Nutritional Screening - FINAL 010713.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Oral Nutritional Supplements or 'sip feeds' FINAL 210716.pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Snacks to replace FINAL 020412.pdf Download
- Top tips for diet and pressure ulcers May 2018 (1).pdf Download
- Fact sheet - DIETETICS - Low Fodmap Diet for IBS Oct 2018.pdf Download
- Nourishing Drinks Recipes Handout A4 printable version 2019.pdf Download
How can I access the dietetic service?
You can access our services by asking your GP or other healthcare professional to make a referral. He or she will make sure that your condition may benefit from dietary advice and can refer you to the Community Dietetic Team. Unfortunately we are currently unable to accept self-referrals
The community dietitians have developed a number of ‘on-demand’ webinars for a range of gut conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. For me information and to access the webinars, simply visit our website:
For more IBS Webinar Information, please click here.
For more Coeliac Disease Webinar Information, please click here.
How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
We aim to see patients within 8 weeks of referral, or sooner if your medical condition indicates that the referral is more urgent.
Where will my appointment be?
Most patients will be offered an appointment at our local clinics. We also run some specialist clinics at other healthcare venues across the county. If your GP indicates that you will require a home visit, we will contact you or your Carer directly to make arrangements for this.
The following websites have information on diet and leaflets that you can download and print:
- British Dietetic Association - www.bda.uk.com
- British Heart Foundation - www.bhf.org.uk
- Coeliac UK - www.coeliac.org.uk
- Diabetes UK - www.diabetes.org.uk
- NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk
- Patient.co.uk - www.patient.co.uk
- Weight Concern - www.weightconcern.com
- Change 4 Life - www.nhs.uk/change4life
- Our Webinar Site - www.patientwebinars.co.uk