Dietetics

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

Helpful Resources

We have a range of diet sheets and resources that you may find helpful.

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Resources

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.

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.

Useful Websites

The following websites have information on diet and leaflets that you can download and print: