Nutrition & Dietetics
We are a team of over 30 Registered HCPC Dietitians, Dietetic Support Workers and clerical staff primarily working across two sites: Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital. We see individuals and outpatients both individually and in group settings covering a range of areas. More information about our work can be found on the team pages.
What does a dietitian do?
As registered health care professionals, we use the most recent scientific evidence to help diagnose and treat nutrition related problems. Dietitians help people learn about nutrition and apply it to the treatment of their condition. They have training in physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, behaviour change, communication skills and social sciences. This knowledge is applied to provide individualised dietary advice.
How can I see a dietitian?
If you feel you need to see a dietitian, speak to your hospital medical team based within Lancashire Teaching Hospitals who will be able to help you with this by referring you into our service.
If you are not under the care of a hospital consultant, please discuss your concerns with your GP who will be able to refer you to the community dietetics service.
- Adult Dietetic Service
The adult dietetic team provide a service to both inpatients and outpatients with a range of medical conditions. These specialist dietetic services include:
The specialist dietitian supports peoples nutrition in a variety of clinical conditions from cancer to major trauma within critical care. The work is mainly with patients who have a feeding tube as these patients may be on equipment to aid with breathing and are unable to swallow. They provide support and dietary advice to those weaning off a tube feed to eating and drinking by mouth. The dietitian works with patients and relatives alongside a multi-disciplinary team involving nurses, doctors, speech therapists and physiotherapists. The dietitian is also involved with training and development of other staff on the intensive care unit and in student training.
The specialist dietitians work with patients who have a variety of conditions including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) i.e, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, liver disease, pancreatitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). They cover both gastroenterology wards at RPH and CDH and work closely within the multidisciplinary teams for both inpatients and outpatients.
Many patients with these conditions require nutritional support from the dietitian. This includes the usage of nutritional supplement drinks which provide additional calories, protein and vitamins and minerals. At times these patients require feeding via a tube or dietary changes to relieve symptoms such a low residue (low fibre diet).
There are weekly clinics across both hospital sites for advice regarding Coeliac disease and IBS. We have three trained dietitians in the Low FODMAP diet for the management of IBS. We also have a monthly decompensated liver clinic and further clinics with patients with IBD and other bowel conditions.
We are currently looking into setting up group sessions for both Coeliac disease and the low FODMAP diet.
Upper Gastrointestinal (GI)
The specialist dietitians support patients who have undergone surgery and treatment for conditions of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum, some of whom have cancer. They cover the Upper GI surgical ward at RPH and also support the oncology ward.
They provide dietary advice for patients who have undergone surgeries to include cardio-oesophagectomies and gastrectomies and continue to provide support to these patients as outpatients. These patients are seen by dietetics pre-operatively to try and optimize them for surgery as part of the prehabilitation service (includes input from specialist nurses and physiotherapy).
The specialist dietitians care for patients with brain and spinal injury, as well as neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Myasthenia Gravis in both the acute and rehab setting.
They are active members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) on the acute neurosurgical and neurology wards and the neuro-rehabilitation unit. As part of their role they attend MDT ward rounds, goal setting meetings and outpatient clinic appointments. This patient group often require intense dietetic input with ever changing plans, transitioning from tube feeding, to the reintroduction of oral intake and vice versa.
The use of oral nutritional supplements and modification of diets is also common within this patient group and they are involved in specialist research bodies, developing dietetic practice within these areas. At present they are involved in improving the vitamin D status of long term patients through audit and screening. We have also co-written the Nutritional standards of Practice for people with Huntington’s disease, as part of the European Huntington’s Disease Network standards of care and Quality of life group.
As part of the specialist Motor Neurone disease (MND) team at Royal Preston Hospital we are participating in both national and international research projects as well as contributing to the MND working group, developing dietetic competencies, safe staffing levels and screening tools within this patient group.
As a large neurology centre we often see rare conditions and have recently published an article in the national, Clinical Nutrition, magazine providing guidance to dietitians working with the uncommon disorder, Wilsons disease.
Head and Neck Oncology
Head and neck cancers and any planned treatments are likely to affect your ability to eat and drink.
This can lead to problems with wound healing, vulnerability to infections, prolonged recovery, delayed length of stay in hospital and a detrimental impact on quality of life.
Treatment side effects can include, swallowing difficulties, altered oral secretions, nausea, taste changes, pain and reduced appetite. All of which can mean that eating is so challenging, support in the form of tube feeding may be required.
The specialist dietitians support people undergoing treatment for head and neck cancers. They will assess your nutritional requirements and support you with an individually tailored plan to optimise your nutritional intake, taking in to account your treatment plan and anticipated side effects.
The colorectal dietitians can provide dietetic advice to patients who have additional nutritional needs when undergoing colorectal surgery or medical treatment for colorectal cancer. They work closely with the surgeons, oncologists and colorectal nurses to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to care. They are able to see patients on the ward and also in the outpatient setting including seeing patients in the Rosemere Cancer Centre, and in the dietetic clinics.
An individual can be at risk of malnutrition following a stroke. This may be due to various factors e.g. reduced dietary intake due to cognitive impairment, difficulty swallowing, problems with movement, etc. Malnutrition can have a negative impact on a person’s recovery. The specialist dietitian provides dietary advice to those identified as being at risk of malnutrition and/or require modified textured diets. This may be in the form of oral nutrition support e.g. nourishing snacks and drinks, oral nutritional supplements, etc. and/or artificial nutrition. To ensure the best patient care they work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team e.g. Speech and Language Therapists, Nurses, Doctors, etc. It is also their responsibility to educate other members of the MDT on how to identify those at risk of malnutrition to ensure those who need it get the appropriate dietetic care.
- Renal Dietetic Service
We are a small team of HCPC registered dietitians specialising in renal disease. Our dietetic assistant supports us in our role on the ward and the dialysis units.
To provide high quality individualised, safe and effective dietetic care within renal services.
Accessing the service
We are a consultant lead service and accept referrals from all members of the renal multidisciplinary team (MDT). We work closely with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. We are based at Royal Preston Hospital but provide cover to patients in Morecambe Bay and Chorley.
We provide a service to all renal patients under a renal consultant including:-
predialysis, haemodialysis, home haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, acute kidney injury, nephrotic syndrome and renal transplant patients.
Individualised dietary advice is given to each patient depending on their blood results and the medical treatment they are receiving.
Meet the Renal Team
Amanda Mason Renal Dietetic Team Leader who is a supplementary prescriber.
Jenny Malinowski Renal Specialist Dietitian
Karen Hawthorne Renal Specialist Dietitian
Nisreen Munavvar Renal Specialist Dietitian
Emily Baldwin Renal Specialist Dietitian
Christine Slade Renal Dietetic Assistant
- Child Health Dietetic Service
We are a small team of HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered dietitians who have had additional post registration training in paediatric nutrition and dietetics. We provide a comprehensive dietetic assessment, treatment and monitoring service. Our aim is to optimise nutritional status, growth and development whilst minimising any disease related complications that may be associated with dietary intake. Dietary advice is tailored for each child based on their age, treatment and medical condition. This may include using specialist feeds, dietary supplements or providing practical advice and education on dietary modification.
We see children and young people aged 0-18 years. We provide an inpatient service to the children’s ward and the neonatal unit. We work very closely with the clinical teams to provide a multidisciplinary service and also have regular dietetic led outpatient clinics. We hold out-patients clinics on both the Royal Preston and Chorley Hospital sites.
Dietitians help people to learn about nutrition and apply it to the treatment of their condition. They have training in physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, behaviour change, communication skills and social sciences. This knowledge is applied to provide individualised dietary advice.
Accessing the service
We are a consultant led service so children must be referred to our service by hospital or community paediatricians.
We can help infants and children with a variety of needs including:-
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Problems related to prematurity
- Epilepsy / ketogenic diet
- Food allergy and intolerances
- Enteral Tube feeding
- Weight management (with comorbidities)
- Faltering growth
- Eating difficulties
- Coeliac disease
- Gastrointestinal problems
☏ 01772 522517
Meet the Paediatric Dietetic Team
Carol Pinder (Team Leader)
Nicola Bradley – Dietetic Assistant
Hulya Bagis - Dietetic Assistant
- Outpatient Appointments
We provide a range of outpatient services held in a variety of locations. Please refer to your appointment letter for the specific details of the time and location. Should you have any queries regarding the location please do not hesitate to contact the department.
Should you be unable to attend the appointment, it is important that you contact us as soon as possible on the number below.
- Contact us
01772 522467 (Royal Preston Hospital)
01257 245169 (Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital)
- About the team
- Relevant Leaflets/Documents/Links
Dietetics Useful Links
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