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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dietitian?

Dietitians are health professionals who:

1. Hold a legally recognised graduate qualification in nutrition and dietetics.
2. Are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
3. Are an expert source of current nutrition information.
4. Help promote nutritional well-being, treat disease and prevent nutrition related problems.
5. Provide patient specific advice about food and eating, which is practical, safe and based on current scientific evidence.

How can I see a Dietitian?

Your GP, Practice Nurse or other health professional can refer you if you have a dietary problem that meets our criteria and you are able to attend a clinic appointment.

Can I self-refer?

At the moment we do not accept self-referrals.

Can I choose where to be seen?

We have a variety of clinics situated around the city. When you phone to book your appointment, you can choose which clinic you would like to attend. Some clinics are busier than others, so the waiting times do vary. You will be able to choose if you would like the first available appointment citywide or if you would prefer to wait for a specific location.

What can I expect when I see a Dietitian?

The Dietitian will provide a professional, non-judgemental consultation regarding your diet. They will ask questions to assess your current diet, your medical history, how your diet affects you and your preferences around eating. They may also measure your height and weight and look at any blood test results that are available. They will use this information to work with you to make practical recommendations about your diet, in order to manage and improve your health. New appointments last between 40 minutes and one hour and follow up appointments 20 to 40 minutes.

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