The nutrition and dietetic service is available for all inpatients and outpatients during their treatment at The Wellington Hospital. The dietetic department is a highly skilled team of specialist Dietitians, all of whom hold current registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and are trained to degree or masters level.
The aim of the service is to ensure that referred patients' nutritional status or symptoms are monitored, maintained and/or improved wherever possible, during the demands of their treatment. Your dietitian will give advice and support to ensure that the nutrition available to you during your stay is appropriate and adequate for your needs.
The nutrition and dietetic service is also available on an outpatient basis for those wishing to seek assistance with their general diet or for management of your nutrition after a hospital admission.
Conditions & treatments covered
Dietitians have the professional knowledge and experience to establish nutritional needs and to recommend appropriate nutritional treatment for patients. Goals or care plans for dietetic treatment will be realistic and agreed with the patient, or their carers.
Our dietitians work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to integrate the patients' nutritional treatment into their overall care. Through a comprehensive assessment and monitoring plan we aim to ensure a positive effect on patients' nutritional status, aid the recovery process, control symptoms and improve wellbeing.
Diet is the cornerstone of treatment in many conditions such as diabetes, Coeliac disease, malnutrition, critical illness, cardiac, renal and hepatic diseases and many gastroenterology disorders. We believe in empowering patients to make informed dietary choices to manage their health and ensure their individual nutritional needs are met.
We offer a number of supportive nutritional services for:
We provide nutritional support for cardiac intensive care, medical and surgical cardiac interventions and dietary treatment of diabetes and hyperlipidaemia.
We provide nutrition support for gastrointestinal and spinal intensive care, medical and surgical hepatobiliary, gastroenterology and oncology treatments and dietary modifications for bariatrics (weight loss surgery), orthopaedics and gynaecology surgery and interventions.
Neurological Rehabilitation Inpatients
We provide nutrition support for stroke and head injuries and dietary modifications for dysphagia, diabetes, under-nutrition and obesity during their rehabilitation.
Nutrition plays a vital role in health and well-being and our specialist dietitians can offer support and advice for a range of conditions; these include but are not limited to:
We provide a comprehensive assessment and realistic treatment plan with the aim of 5-10% weight loss over six months. We offer individual appointments and you can decide what package of care suits you best. With all our weight management consultations we work with you to make sustainable changes that suit your lifestyle.
In addition to the above weight management dietary clinic we work closely with our consultants to assess and monitor those patients having weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). For further information on bariatric surgery click here
Dietary treatment for diabetes and gestational diabetes to ensure you have a full understanding of your condition and are empowered to manage it yourself.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
we will soon be offering specialist consultations using the low FODMAP diet plan. Reducing the intake of FODMAPs has been shown to improve gut symptoms in most individuals with IBS-like symptoms.
Dietary treatment for high cholesterol and triglycerides.
In addition we offer advice for:
Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties)
Gastro–intestinal disease e.g. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Lipid Lowering e.g. cholesterol
Liver and hepatobiliary disease
Under-nutrition, malnutrition or at risk of malnutrition
Nutritional deficiencies e.g. Anaemia
Referral to the Nutrition & Dietetic Service
Referrals are accepted in writing by a GP or a Consultant with hospital admitting rights.
Please be aware
A GP and self referrals are welcome; however these consultations may not be covered by your medical insurance company.
We welcome clients who are self-paying or sponsored by their company, organisation or embassy, as well as patients with private medical cover from all major insurance companies.
When are the team available
We offer a service for referred inpatients: Monday to Friday 0900 - 1700.
For referred outpatient appointments: Monday to Friday 0930 – 1600 (appointments can be arranged outside of these times directly with the dietitian)
Dietitians are the only qualified professionals to assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems. You can be reassured that your dietitian is an appropriately trained professional, registered and fit to practice as a dietitian by checking the Health Professional Council website.
Our dietitians work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to integrate the patients' nutritional treatment into their overall care. Find out about the other unit our team work closely with.
To help make some of our more popular treatments more accessible, we guarantee to fix the price of your treatment prior to it taking place. Click here for more information about the Self Pay options we offer as part of HCA Healthcare UK.